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National Institutes of Health Seeks Custom-Made Chairs . . . for Monkeys

7:17 AM, Apr 25, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is looking for custom-made chairs, but not just any chairs. Although the notice uses the euphemistic term "Non-Human Primate," the intended occupants are monkeys, baboons, or other primates used in the "ongoing behavioral experiments" the NIH is conducting. However, La-Z-Boys these chairs are not.  Even describing the items in question as "chairs" seems a bit generous based on off-the-shelf examples found online:

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The NIH is looking for possible sources to replace the current chairs in use with custom-made chairs that will be safer for both lab workers and the subjects, as well as "more ergonomic."  The full description is provided in the notice:

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Division of Intramural Research Programs (DIRP), Laboratory of Neuropsychology (LN), Section on the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory has both new and ongoing behavioral experiments to explore the neuropsychology of social behavior. This acquisition is to replace the current non-human primate chairs with custom built new chairs, which are more ergonomic and provide increased physical safety for both the human operators and non-human primates.

Currently the NIH is only seeking sources for the equipment, so there is no discussion of cost.  

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