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Monogamy: Does it Help our Overall Health

The idea of monogamy actually only occurs in about five percent of the mammal population, however new research has resulted in some interesting facts: monogamy may actually increase the health condition.

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University of California Berkley has conducted a study using both monogamous and sexually promiscuous mice. The purpose of the scientific research was to examine the longevity, health condition, bacterial community within the bodies. The researchers did find the expected larger quantity of bacteria in the more promiscuous mice, which also elevates the health factor, but it also created a larger diversity in their immune systems. The stresses related to high exposure of bacteria due to a wider mating system may have caused the more promiscuous mice increase their immunity systems over a variety generations.

Sources:
http://scienceblog.com/56340/monogamy-and-the-immune-system/
http://www.livescience.com/22862-promiscuous-mice-get-an-immune-boost.html

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