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Researchers from the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, discovered in a new study that chimpanzees within a socially contained setting, impulsively cooperate with each other, selecting a partner of their choosing.
While exchanging favors with others, humans tend to think in terms of tit-for-tat, an assumption easily extended to other animals.
Changes in a female monkey's social status lead to changes in her immune system, and researchers writing in this week's edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Early Edition suggest that the findings may be applicable to humans as well.
Scientists have discovered that blocking PD-1 (programmed death-1), an immune molecule that inhibits the immune response to viral infections, can have a significant effect on HIV-like illness in nonhuman primates.
Sooty mangabeys, a type of African monkey, have intrigued scientists for years because they can survive infection by SIV, a relative of HIV, and not succumb to AIDS.
Contagious yawning is not just a marker of sleepiness or boredom, it may actually be a sign of a social connection between individuals.
Researchers defended animal testing at a recent AAAS meeting, saying that not doing animal research would be unethical and cost human lives.
Neuroscience researchers from the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, will present a wide range of research topics at the Society for Neuroscience's 40th annual meeting in San Diego, Nov. 13-17, 2010.
Model is expected to help researchers better understand social bonding and impairments to such behavior.