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Social drama can hurt health, monkeys show


The social status of a female monkey affects how her immune system genes turn on and off—and the higher her rank, the better her health.

“Our study supports the idea that low social status can be bad for the body. But it hints at the idea that if you improve your social situation, your health improves, too,” says study author Jenny Tung of Duke University.

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Photo credit: Yerkes National Primate Research Center.

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