Perfect cousin continued

I know some of us would rather not be compared with a non human primate, our perfect cousin of ancient ancestry. Researchers or investigators if you prefer, do not stop at this primal consideration. There's more important questions to answer in life that can not be stopped by such futile mindbones.
Take the case of infertility for example. Hang Yin1, Diane M Duffy2 and Roger G Gosden1 ,

1 The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA 23507, USA
2 Department of Physiological Sciences, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA 23507, USA

published a study (2006) comparing maturation of cynomolgus monkey oocytes in vivo and in vitro. Source:
An interesting point about In Vitro Maturation (IVM) and the use of non human primates is in my opinion made here:
Progress with IVM has been hindered by the scarcity of suitable human oocytes for research. A non-human primate model is highly desirable because the physiology of the menstrual cycle and embryology are more comparable to humans than other model species. 
In the final paragraph of the article the following is said by the researchers:
Overall, this study affirms the value of the non-human primate model for optimizing IVM protocols in clinical applications.
Another area where non human primates are used is in the fight against Hepatitis C, or in the fight against cancer and aging but this would be the subject of another post or a series thereof. Did you know that approximately 60% of women that develop ovarian cancer will die of the disease (estimation dates from 2003)? Source here.

As one can note from the above our perfect cousins are helping us in life threatening situations but also in the fight against infertility.
It therefore appears to me that our perfect little cousins contribute for a larger extent to our well being than what might have been our initial impression, as laymen that is!
I will let Joseph Kemnitz illustrate the use of non human primates through the very work he does at the University of Wisconsin and the articles published over the years.

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