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  • This episode of Dnews is brought to you by Ting: Mobile that makes sense.

  • Science says our smartphones are a reflection of ourselves. So what does it mean if I've

  • dropped mine in the toilet 3 times?

  • Hey guys, Tara here for Dnews - and I've said it before, I'll say it again: Everything is

  • disgusting. Especially your cellphone. It's like a tiny bacteria delivery device. And

  • a new study shows that those bacteria - are indeed a reflection of you.

  • A group of researchers from the University of Oregon, sequenced microbes from the index

  • fingers and thumbs of 17 subjects, as well as microbes from the surface of their smartphone

  • touchscreens.

  • The goal was to see if our favorite and most widely used possessions resemble us, microbially

  • speaking. And it turns out - they do.

  • Researchers found that 82% of the most common bacteria found on the subjects' fingers - were

  • also present on their phones. Meaning your personal microbiome - which is the specific

  • collection of bacteria that's unique to every person - closely resembles the bacteria on

  • your phone.

  • The three most commonly found ones were Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and Corynebacterium, which

  • is a mostly harmless bacteria that lives on human skin - but has been known to cause diptheria,

  • an upper respiratory tract illness.

  • Interestingly, they also found that women seem to share more microbial similarity with

  • their phones - than men do. Although there's no current explanation on why that may be.

  • Now it's kind of obvious that our cell phones would match us, since most of us are glued

  • to them all day long - but the study does have some interesting implications.

  • Specifically, it paves the way for potentially using someone's personal effects as a means

  • of monitoring their health. Not only is it non-invasive, it doesn't really require direct

  • participation from the person. Meaning it could be a fast - and easy way - to conduct

  • large-scale microbial studies, analyze our exposure to biological threats, or screen

  • the microbes of hospital and healthcare workers.

  • Currently, 1 in every 20 patients at a healthcare facility, will contract a hospital-acquired

  • infection at some point. So being able to screen those people - and their caretakers

  • - could prevent the spread of disease, as well as thousands of hospital-related deaths.

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  • In the meantime, if you have questions, comments, anything you wanna say about this episode

  • - just leave em in the comments below. Otherwise, thanks for watching!

This episode of Dnews is brought to you by Ting: Mobile that makes sense.


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