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California National Primate Center Research Reveals Effects of Wildfire Smoke

New research from the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) at the University of California, Davis reveals that infant monkeys conceived while their mothers were naturally exposed to wildfire smoke show behavioral changes compared to animals conceived days later. John Capitanio, professor of Psychology at UC Davis and a core scientist at the CNPRC, has been conducting standardized assessments on animals born at the center for two decades. This allowed a comparison of animals born during the recent Camp Fire to historical data from animals unaffected by wildfires. The work is published April 1 in the leading journal Nature Communications and described in more detail in this news story by Andy Fell.