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Dirty money harbors bacterial dangers

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12:48pm, May 30, 2001

There's a new reason for laundering money. Dollar bills support a rich flora of bacteria, some of them infectious, say research physicians Theodore W. Pope and Peter T. Ender of the Medical Center of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

They worked with Michael A. Koroscil at Beavercreek (Ohio) High School, who originated the idea for a science-fair project. The group counted the bacteria living on 68 dollar bills collected from people in line at a high school sporting event and a grocery store.

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