Spending time in close contact with others often means risking catching germs and getting sick. But being sociable may also help transmit ‘good’ microbes, finds a multi-institutional study of gut microbiomes in chimpanzees.
Two adult male chimpanzees groom each other in Gombe National Park, Tanzania. A study finds that frequent social interactions like these can help maintain a healthy gut microbiome.
Credit: Photo by Steffen Foerster, Duke University