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Gregarious chimps harbor richer gut microbiomes

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.

Being Sociable Boosts Gut Microbe Diversity 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