Mobile phones carry owners’ bacterial ‘fingerprint’

More than 80% of the common bacteria that make up our personal bacterial “fingerprints” end up on their screens, a study suggests.  “We are ultimately interested in the possibility of using personal effects as a non-invasive way to monitor our health and our contact with the surrounding environment. We share more than an emotional connection with our phones – they carry our personal microbiome”, said lead researcher Dr James Meadow.
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