Dec 5, 2013 — New research shows that chimpanzees not only enjoy interacting with a humanoid robot, but also work actively to keep the connection going. Commentator Barbara J. King ties this finding to our past and our future.
Jun 14, 2013 — Though the regulation proposed by the Fish and Wildlife Service would make it more difficult to use chimpanzees for research purposes, that may not be a problem, some scientists say. Scientific advances show the animals are less medically useful than previously thought.
Jan 26, 2013 — There was big news this week about U.S. laboratory chimpanzees heading for sanctuary. Barbara J. King considers a new website that urges us to think of these primates not as nameless research subjects, but instead as distinct individuals.
Jan 23, 2013 — An NIH working group recommends that most of the agency's 360 research chimpanzees be sent to a sanctuary — a non-laboratory setting where chimps can live more natural lives. But even if the NIH accepts the recommendations, putting them into effect won't be easy.
Dec 20, 2012 — People who care for and about chimpanzees are awaiting word from the U.S. Senate this week about passage of legislation that would send many lab-bound animals into quiet retirement. During this holiday season of hope, commentator Barbara J. King lays out a case for why this is the right thing to do.
Dec 18, 2012 — More than 100 federally owned primates have been the subject of controversy. In 2010, the National Institutes of Health made arrangements to move some retired chimpanzees back into the research, spurring protests. But the NIH eventually decided to accept an independent assessment that found there is almost no scientific need for chimps in biomedical research.
Oct 26, 2012 — Can those of us caught in the red-blue divide learn something from political animals? At the 30-year anniversary of primatologist Frans de Waal's Chimpanzee Politics, commentator Barbara J. King looks back at the book and applies its messages to the current election season.
Sep 21, 2012 — The National Institutes of Health will retire over 100 chimps from biomedical research experiments after deciding there's no longer a need for them. Some chimps are headed to a sanctuary, while others will go to a facility in Texas that will care for them.
Jun 28, 2012 — From the Ugandan forest to a Cameroonian sanctuary to a U.S. zoo, three students devote their summer to research and conservation work with primates. Commentator Barbara J. King cheers on this trio — and the thousands of other college kids who'll take up science this summer.
Mar 29, 2012 — Chimpanzees in Tanzania respond to a roaring waterfall with awe and wonder. Commentator Barbara J. King finds that watching the apes on video can bring a welcome dose of calm during a stressful time.