Friday, June 14, 2013

A wild view of medicine

What do chimpanzees, honey bees, wood ants and woolly bear caterpillars have in common? They all practice medicine without a license.

"These animals use medicines that they find in the environment they live in to fight their parasitic diseases," says Emory biologist Jaap de Roode. In a recent TedxEmory talk (see above video), de Roode describes recent findings about "animal doctors" in nature and the potential for humans to learn from them.

The growing buzz on animal self-medication
The monarch butterfly's medicine kit
Fruit flies use alcohol as a drug to kill parasites

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