Thursday, 17 May 2018
Chimpanzees have much cleaner beds than humans do
Chimpanzees have much cleaner beds - with fewer bodily bacteria - than humans do, scientists have found.
A study comparing swabs taken from chimp nests with those from human beds found that people's sheets and mattresses harboured far more bacteria from their bodies than the animals' beds did from theirs.
The researchers say their findings suggest that our attempts to create clean environments for ourselves may actually make our surroundings “less ideal”.
More than a third – 35% - of the bacteria in human beds comes from our own saliva, skin and faecal particles.