Gregarious chimps harbor richer gut microbiomes

Spending time in close contact with others means risking catching germs and getting sick. But being sociable may also help transmit ‘good’ microbes, finds a new study. Researchers monitored changes in the gut microbiomes and social behavior of chimpanzees over eight years in Tanzania. The number of bacterial species in a chimp’s GI tract increased when the chimps were more gregarious. The results help scientists understand the factors that maintain a healthy gut microbiome. —> Read More