Friday, 29 August 2014

Moving Home and Microbes

An incredible finding from the Home Microbiome Study and featured in New Scientist:
  • "You may forget your toothbrush next time you go away but you can't leave your microbes behind. Millions of bacteria hitch a ride with you, making themselves comfortable wherever you go. Within only a few hours, they will have colonised a hotel room; give them 24 hours and they can take over an entire house."
Gut flora and discussion about how microbial life impacts our health has long featured on these pages, but this really blows me away.

Given the health impact of our microbial signature (see my post the other day on allergies), we can expect to see a pill of some form appearing soon - or we can get outside and mix with nature right now.

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