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University told to find out what's causing monkeys to lose hair at Hillsboro research center

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has ordered Oregon Health & Science University to find out what's causing abnormal hair loss in more than half of the rhesus macaque monkeys at its Oregon National Primate Research Center in Hillsboro.

The university told The Oregonian (http://is.gd/oWSCW0 ) that it reported many of the issues itself and works to ensure the humane treatment of research animals.

The center houses about 5,000 primates, most of them rhesus macaques. They are used in research into stem cells, preventing hereditary diseases in newborns and creating an HIV vaccine.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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