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Sick chimpanzees self-medicate using plants with medicinal properties

Posted on AllSides June 21st, 2024
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Sick and injured chimpanzees self-medicate using medicinal plants, researchers have found. Wild chimps in Uganda have been filmed seeking out and eating plants with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Lab tests showed that the vast majority of plants eaten by the animals inhibited bacterial growth while a third reduced inflammation. Researchers think the remarkable primates are deliberately seeking out these plants as treatment when they are poorly. And watching chimps could have 'huge implications' for how we discover new medicines in the future. Lead researcher Dr Elodie Freymann at the the...

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