The case for ending invasive research

The NIH says there is no longer a need to use chimpanzees in research. National Institutes of Health NIH is effectively ending its support for invasive research on chimpanzees. In a memo leaked this week, agency head Francis Collins says that a colony of 50 chimps it had planned to keep in reserve for research—after retiring the rest—is no longer needed.

The case for ending invasive research

Britton, in Advances in Ecological Research6. Here, we focus on the structural changes induced by biological invasions to discuss their potential effects on native parasites. Few studies used the network approach to investigate how invaders affect native parasites, and it has been done mostly on parasitoids.

They found no significant effect on network structure but a significant decrease in network size as plant and insect both herbivores and parasitoids richness decreased with plant invasion.

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Although insect abundance was not significantly affected by alien plants, insect biomass was significantly reduced because small insects on alien plants replaced large insects on native plants. Similarly, Carvalheiro et al. They found a decrease in the abundance of all insects and a decrease in the richness of parasitoids, but these effects were confined to trophic specialists, not generalists.

In terms of network structure, because specialist species dominated the undisturbed food web, G. There was only a little sharing of parasitoids with native hosts and gypsy moth was the target of a generalist parasitoid that increased its specialization on gypsy moth at high gypsy moth abundances.

There is not enough empirical and theoretical works to infer a general pattern for the effects of invaders on the structure of recipient parasite—host networks, and it is likely that it depends on the structure of the pre-invasion food web.

The works by Heleno et al. It permits the detection of bottom-up cascade effects that can lead to further top-down effects, via apparent competition Carvalheiro et al.

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By definition, invasive species proliferate in recipient ecosystems and can dominate invaded communities in terms of abundance or biomass. It follows that invasive species can become profitable prey for native predators. In addition, a broad diet with opportunistic feeding is expected to be one of the attributes of successful invaders Ricciardi and Rasmussen, Invasive species can thus become generalist consumers in the invaded food web, creating links with many native resources.

Combining high generality with high vulnerability makes invasive species, and especially those at intermediate trophic levels, likely to occupy a central location in invaded food webs in that they are highly connected.

Invasion might lead to food-web contraction with increased connectivity around invasive species and reduced connectivity among native species, without marked change in overall connectance. Several studies documented the preferential use by parasites of free-living species that occupy central locations in food webs and represent hubs Amundsen et al.

These species constitute stable ecological and evolutionary units for parasites and offer transmission opportunities. The work by Gendron et al. As predicted by the enemy release hypothesis, they showed that the round goby was less infected than native fish in the early phase of its establishment in the St.

“It is time to acknowledge that there is no further justification for the 50 chimpanzees to continue to be kept available for invasive biomedical research,” Collins wrote to NIH administrators. The three main recommendations of the IOM report are a) put a halt to all or almost all invasive biomedical research on chimpanzees, b) a continuation of non-invasive research to evaluate human. The Case for Invasive Species. The way I see it: much of the arc of life on planet Earth is the story of invasive species. There is a never-ending search for new niches and new habitats. And.

However, this advantage over native species is expected be of short duration as the parasite richness and abundance of the older population of round goby in Lake St. Clair has more than doubled within 15 years Gendron et al.The goal will not be reached all at once, however, and phasing out invasive research on all nonhuman primates should be the priority.

Approximately 70, nonhuman primates are used for research in the United States each year, according to the U.S.

The case for ending invasive research

Department of Agriculture, and another 45, are held or bred for research. Four scientists have won prestigious medical awards for genetics research and development of a widely used anesthetic nicknamed "milk of amnesia." Japan is proposing an end to a decades-old.

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