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Men's offices harbor more bacteria

May 31, 2012
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TORONTO — New research shows that men''s offices typically contain more bacteria than those of their female counterparts, according to CBC News.

Scientists admit that they know little about the different types of bacteria and viruses that grow where we live, work and play, and that understanding them could be helpful, the article stated.

According to the article, Scott Kelley, a biology professor at San Diego State University and his co-authors surveyed human skin, nasal, oral and intestinal bacteria from 90 offices in New York, San Francisco and Tucson, Arizona; five surfaces were swabbed in each office including chairs, phones and computer keyboards.

The researchers found that men''s offices contained up to 20 percent more bacteria than women''s offices, the article noted.

"The differences between contamination levels in the offices of men and women may be explained by differences in hygiene," the study''s authors said.

"Men are known to wash their hands and brush their teeth less frequently than women and are commonly perceived to have a more slovenly nature," the study added.

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May 31, 2012
Men are more slovenly!? What an insult(although perhaps true). Personally, I'm tired of all the people going around counting bacteria. Our bodies are teeming with millions of the critters and we are still living and breathing. What would be of greater importance is counting only those that are harmful, and then relating that information to the levels that can cause harm. Our bodies fight infection constantly and build immunity. If all bacteria are eliminated we won't build immunities and then any small exposure will kill us.