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Ethical Guidelines at the DPZ

When solving biomedical questions, humans cannot do without scientific research on animals on the one hand, while on the other hand the ethical principle of respect for life requires them to protect animals. This is especially applicable to non-human primates, whose evolutionary proximity to humans allows the knowledge gained from them to be transferred to humans particularly well, but whose use in research must also meet particularly high ethical requirements. Against this background and well aware of its special role as a competence and reference center, the German Primate Center (DPZ) has developed these guidelines that are binding for the employees at the DPZ and all others who work for the DPZ.