Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Mobile Phone Microbiome Used to Monitor Our Health

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Mobile Phone Microbiome Used to Monitor Our Health

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New research has emerged showing how the study of the microorganisms present on our mobile phones can give useful insight into our microbial health. As our mobile phones always travel with us and we hold a close relationship with them, researchers at the University of Oregon have conducted a study demonstrating a biological connection between the microbial worlds of mobile phones and their owners.

The study involved testing sequenced microbes on the forefinger and thumb of the dominant hand of subjects, as well as those found present on the touch screens of their smartphones. This showed how 82% of the most commonly found bacteria that appeared on a participant's finger - including Staphylococcus and Corynebacterium - also appeared on their phones.

James Meadow, a postdoctoral researcher in the Biology and the Built Environment Center at the University of Oregon, elaborates how this project 'opens the possibility of using personal effects as a non-invasive way to monitor our health'. …

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