That belly button lint you’ve been collecting? It has critters in it
The human navel should be designated as a bacterial nature reserve, it seems. The first round of DNA results from the Belly Button Biodiversity project are in, and the 95 samples that have so far been analysed have turned up a whopping total of more than 1400 bacterial strains. In 662 cases, the microbes could not even be classified to family, “which strongly suggests that they are new to science”, says team leader Jiri Hulcr of North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
- OMG: You Won’t Believe What’s Living in Your Belly Button (blippitt.com)
- Discovering my microbiome: “You, my friend, are a wonderland” (3quarksdaily.com)
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