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Study: Smartphones Carry Personal Microbiome Signature

Even the U.S. Supreme Court recognizes that smartphones are becoming parts of our personalities. As chief justice John Roberts recently said, the smartphone apps “can form a revealing montage of the user's life.” But scientists say it goes even further than that. Results of a study done by researchers at the University of Oregon show that smartphones also carry the range of microbes specific for the individual owner, the so-called microbiome. Comparing the samples taken from...

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