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  • Fraternizing vampire bats share 'social microbiomes'

    A group of common vampire bats clusters together on the roof of a cave.

    Microbes that make their homes on the skin or in the digestive tracts of animals can be beneficial or pathogenic to the individual and to the community. A new study finds that the gut microbiomes of vampire bats become more similar the more often the bats engage in social behaviors with one another.

    Photo by Uwe Schmidt, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0. See Editor’s notes, below, for link to license.


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  • Editor’s notes

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    The paper “Social convergence of gut microbiomes in vampire bats” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2021.0389

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