SOUTHBOROUGH - The federal government is weighing whether it
launch a formal probe into the practices of the New England Primate
Research Center following the death of an animal there in June.
"The preliminary step is simply making the routine inspection," said
David Sacks, spokesman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
"Research facilities are responsible for following protocol to the
During a June 29 inspection, the USDA's Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Services said it found the body of a primate on the floor
of a cage that had been sent through a cage-washing system on June 9.