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Mar 8, 2013 11:46 PM by Associated Press

UC Davis research center cited in monkey deaths

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) - Federal authorities have cited a primate research center at the University of California, Davis in the deaths of 19 monkeys.

UC Davis officials say the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued the citation against the California National Primate Research Center for not doing more to prevent illness or injury to rhesus macaque monkeys. The citation doesn't carry any fines or enforcement action.

The Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/Y11V3I ) reports the citation stems from monkeys that died from infections, injuries and inadequate care at the center's outdoor breeding colony in 2009 and 2010.

Center director Dallas Hyde says the facility is "committed to doing everything we can to improve."

The Davis research facility is one of eight primate centers supported by the National Institutes of Health. Research areas include AIDS, autism and Alzheimer's disease.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

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