The importance of good neighbours [to protect Telomeres]: Birds who live next to family or friends are healthier and age slower

October 14, 2017

The lyrics to the much-loved soap, Neighbours, claim that 'everybody needs good neighbours' – and it seems that this may even apply to birds. Scientists have found that birds who live next to family or friends are physically healthier and age more slowly.The researchers hope their findings will provide exciting new information about how conflict over space and resources can be resolved in the animal kingdom. 

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