Wake Forest, UCLA want control of research monkeys

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest University wants sole responsibility for about 475 research monkeys at a center it co-owns with the University of California at Los Angeles.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports (http://bit.ly/12IL) that UCLA also wants control of the 475 vervet monkeys at the Forsyth County center.

The desires were expressed at a hearing was Thursday in Winston-Salem to try speed action a lawsuit between the two schools. Wake Forest University Health Sciences sued in December to end a joint venture with UCLA.

The board for the University of California system countersued, accusing Wake Forest of financially mismanaging the 200-acre research center and accusing Wake researchers using the monkeys for unauthorized non-genetic research.

A federal magistrate is considering whether to recommend that UCLA's lawsuit be dismissed or whether the case goes to trial.

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Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com

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