A collaborative study conducted by North Carolina State University’s Dunn lab, and the Nature Research Center at the North Carolina Museum of Science. Scientists sampled, and analyzed DNA from the belly buttons of random volunteers in hopes to raise interest in microbiology, and educate the public about disease causing microbes. The study revealed 1400 strains of bacteria, with over 600 of those being deemed “new to science”. Two of the scientists working on the project offered personal samples to the mix. One failed to produce any bacterial colonies, but the second produced two oddities. One group of microbes was previously only found in the ocean, and a second strain, Georgenia, which is normally only found in Japanese soil.

What does this tell us? Scrub those belly buttons! You could be breeding the next super microbe and not even know it.

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