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Open Access Clinical Care and Diseases of the Common Marmoset (Callithrix jacchus)

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The common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus) is a small New World primate that is native to eastern Brazil and has been used in biomedical research since the early 1960s. Use of this species for research purposes continues to grow at a rapid pace as they are a viable alternative to other nonhuman primate species. We discuss clinical care, such as preventative medicine, anesthesia, and routine clinical procedures. Important viral, bacterial, parasitic, and gastrointestinal tract diseases are discussed, with relevant details on cause, transmission, pathologic changes, diagnosis, and treatment. Current problems affecting marmoset health and research in the modern vivarium are emphasized.

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Affiliations: New England Primate Research Center, Harvard Medical School, P.O. Box 9102, Southborough, Massachusetts 01772-9012

Publication date: 01 August 2003

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  • Comparative Medicine (CM), an international journal of comparative and experimental medicine, is the leading English-language publication in the field and is ranked by the Science Citation Index in the upper third of all scientific journals. The mission of CM is to disseminate high-quality, peer-reviewed information that expands biomedical knowledge and promotes human and animal health through the study of laboratory animal disease, animal models of disease, and basic biologic mechanisms related to disease in people and animals.

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