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Rhesus Macaque

Native to Southeast Asia

The rhesus macaque is the Yerkes Research Center's most common nonhuman primate and the most common monkey used in biomedical research due to its ability to adapt to almost any environment. This serves research programs well because such adaptable animals provide the most reliable research results.

Rhesus macaques make valuable contributions to Yerkes' AIDS vaccine research program as well as research programs involving aging, reproductive biology,biological basis of social behavior, behavioral effects of hormone replacement therapy, biological consequences of differences in maternal care, malaria and organ transplantation.