OSU administrators reject anthrax study

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma State University administrators have quashed a project to test anthrax vaccines and treatment on baboons because the primates would have been euthanized.

Veterinary medicine researchers were informed last month that OSU President Burns Hargis wouldn't allow the National Institutes of Health-funded project. Hargis' decision comes after an internal faculty committee had spent more than a year setting out protocol for the care and use of the primates.

Veterinary scientists say the decision was sudden and arbitrary, and now they fear the president may call for ending other projects involving animal research.

In a statement, OSU administrators say the testing of lethal pathogens on primates would be an area of study outside its current research programs.

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