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Germs you carry around

12:00am, March 24, 2012

Like uptowners and downtowners, different bacterial communities hang out on your cell phone and your shoes. Scientists from the Home Microbiome Study swabbed the shoe soles and phones of about 30 reporters (including one from Science News) in February at the AAAS meeting in Vancouver. The researchers found similar bacterial profiles across reporters, including two types normally found in the throat that appeared to prefer cell phones.

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