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Zoological medicine
Chimp trained to allow conscious ECG recording

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A FEMALE chimpanzee at Twycross Zoo has been successfully trained to remain still long enough to allow an electrocardiogram (ECG) trace to be recorded. The zoo believes this is the first time an ECG trace has been recorded in a chimpanzee without the need for general anaesthesia.

Heart disease in apes is a hot topic in the zoological field, with research ongoing in both Europe and the USA, said Sarah Chapman, head of veterinary services at the zoo. ‘Concerns arose in zoos when a …

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