Study: Smartphones Carry Personal Microbiome Signature
But scientists say it goes even further than that. Results of a study (http://www.voanews.com//around.uoregon.edu/content/uo-study-says-smartphones-are-carriers-your-own-microbiome) done by researchers at the
Comparing the samples taken from fingers of 17 volunteers and from their smartphone touch screens, researchers found that the individuals' microbiomes could be clearly distinguished.
The study also shows that women seem to share more bacteria with their smartphones than males and that washing hands does not affect the spectrum of bacteria we share with our most important gadget.
According to the study, smartphones could someday be used as personal microbiome sensors.
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