Harvard fined $24,000 for monkey deaths, animal care issues

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Federal regulators have fined Harvard Medical School $24,036 for repeated animal welfare violations in its care of monkeys used in research, an unusual penalty for an academic institution.

The fine, announced by the US Department of Agriculture on Wednesday covers 11 violations from February 2011 through July 2012, including four involving the death of an animal.

The government’s decision to penalize Harvard for the violations, most of which had been previously disclosed, concludes a lengthy investigation of the medical school’s two animal facilities that led to changes in leadership and intense public scrutiny.

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