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OU President Orders Review of Baboon Breeding Facility

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) â?? University of Oklahoma President David Boren has ordered a "full internal review" of a secretive baboon breeding facility in El Reno.

The Oklahoma newspaper reports the review comes after a rash of deaths of young baboons at the Canadian County facility, which has drawn criticism from animal rights groups.

Inspection records maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service show that OU has been cited numerous times in recent years for not complying with the federal Animal Welfare Act.

The Fort Reno Science Park, which has been operating since 2001, is primarily funded by the National Institutes of Health, a federal agency, and sends baboons all over the country to other research institutions and laboratories.