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The gross-out thread

Post  pinhedz on Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:35 am

All about creepy-crawly germs in people--let's make this a thread that little boys would love. What a Face

Hugh Pennington, emeritus professor of bacteriology at Aberdeen University, said: "It’s just part of life’s rich tapestry, and bacteria do help protect us from disease."

Yes--of the cells in human skin, less than 10% are human cells--the vast majority are bacteria. Shocked

And we could not digest food without the bacteria in our intestinal tracts. Those little buggers are eagerly eating, digesting, and excreting what we ate in order to help us digest it, converting it to a from from which our intestinal walls can extract nutrients.

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Post  Constance on Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:02 pm

There was an article in yesterday's NYTimes about how bacteria was measured in men's and women's work spaces and how men had more.

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Post  pinhedz on Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:04 pm


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Post  pinhedz on Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:12 pm

This just in from the "Human Microbiome Consortium," which collected tissue samples from skin, nasal and oral passsages, and naughty bits of American volunteers.


They found that there are over 10,000 different types of bacteria in healthy humans. 4,000 different types of bacteria in the intestines. Womens' naughty bits had only 300--even less when they were expecting (evidently they kill off some bugs in anticipation of baby). As for the male naughty bits, that info is left out of the article for some reason (probably written by a guy), but I assume the men are much worse--Molly Bloom said as much.

Let's hope this work reaps benefits for the human race, because the National Institute of Health (NIH) has contributed $173 million for it so far.

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