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Who Has the 'Cleaner' Bed: Chimps or Humans?


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September 17, 2018

Chimpanzees are known to spend their nights in tree-top nests. Have you ever wondered how clean their sleeping quarters are compared to ours.Scientists have compared microbes in human and chimpanzee sleeping areas for the first time. scientists learned that just 3.5 percent of the bacteria species present came from the chimps? own skin, saliva, or feces. In human beds sampled in a previous study the number was a whopping 35 percent which shows the camparison between a human and a chimpanzee.It's especially surprising when you consider that 35 percent of the bacteria in our beds comes from our own bodies. A pillow that's been in use for one week already has 17,000 times more bacteria than a typical toilet seat.For starters, chimpanzees construct a new nest each night, and they also take pains to lean over the side of their nests when defecating. our closest living primate relatives are a lot tidier than one might think.

Key Takeaways:

  • Chimps constrict new sleeping nests every night, and are careful to keep them clean and free of fecal contamination in contrast to humans spending almost a third of their lives on sheets of some kind.
  • Researchers from the University of California Davis? microBEnet project are looking at the microbes that live in artificial, ?built? environment.
  • One distinct finding from the microBEnet project is that decreasing exposure to soil bacteria may be associated with higher incidence of autoimmune conditions.

"By swabbing abandoned chimpanzee nests in Tanzania's Issa Valley, scientists learned that just 3.5 percent of the bacteria species present came from the chimps? own skin, saliva, or feces. In human beds sampled in a previous study in North Carolina, the number was a whopping 35 percent."

Read more: https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/chimpanzee-animals-beds-health/


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