November 8, 2012

A Vast Array of Life... in Your Belly Button

Souri Somphanith, PLoS Blogs


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Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what kinds of life might exist out there? Well, you can look down – at your belly button that is – and wonder the exact same thing.

According to research published today in PLOS ONE, the belly button is home to an array of bacterial life ranging from the common (like Staphylococci) to the rare (like Archaea which have never been found before on human skin).

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TAGGED: Belly-button, Citizen Science, Bacteria

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