Ugandan and French scientists have for months been observing the behaviour of a group of chimpanzees whose uncanny aptitude for self-medication could help their human cousins discover new drugs.
The Jane Goodall Institute hailed Wednesday’s signing into law of the Chimp Haven is Home Act, a bill that will ensure chimpanzees living in sanctuary after years of medical research in government-funded facilities will not be returned to the labs. The bill was passed in the final days of the session before Congress adjourned for the holiday recess.
Both chimps and humans typically answered within one second and with a similar level of accuracy.
The research follows the finding by Japanese researchers earlier this month that young chimpanzees performed better than human adults at a memory game.
Would it be fair to saw that chimps are not so much beasts as really, really stupid and really, really immature (and perhaps soulless)?