Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Contemplating My Navel

Contemplating My Navel

You'd think contemplating my navel would be a fairly introspective pastime but it turns out there is a whole world in there (at least there is if you are an 'innie') Researchers at North Carolina State University have found the human belly button can be home to over 100 different organisms, including bacteria, fungi & yeasts. Samples from 391 test subjects have yielded 1400 species overall with each person having a unique mix of species, although most of us share a group of relatively few bacterial species. The team are currently sequencing each species' DNA. I need to go and take a shower now.


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