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Monkey medicine

Nov. 9, 2015



Writer: Beth Gavrilles, bethgav@uga.edu

Contact: Ria Ghai, ria.r.ghai@gmail.com


Scientific American recently covered research by Odum School postdoctoral associate Ria Ghai. She and her colleagues studied a colony of red colobus monkeys in Kibale National Park in Uganda for four years. They found that monkeys infected with whipworms appear to self-medicate, significantly increasing their intake of certain plants used in local traditional medicine.

The findings were published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B in September.

Read the Scientific American story by Jason G. Goldman: Self-Medicating Monkeys Gobble Painkilling Bark

Read the paper: Sickness behaviour associated with non-lethal infections in wild primates

 

 

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