05 Jul '11, 11pm

Your Belly Button May Be Home to Unknown Species

If you've ever wanted to go venturing into some uncharted cave in search of exotic species yet unknown to science, then please extend your index finger and place it into your belly button. Done? Okay, now welcome to the habitat of potentially some 1,400 bacterial strains -- hundreds of which may be unidentified. According to biologists from the Belly Button Biodiversity project, human navels are home to an astonishing number of new microbes because it's a place where researchers never really thought to check. (Oh, you can take your finger out now; you're disturbing the masses.) "Very little is known about the life that breathes all over us. Each person's microbial jungle is so rich, colorful, and dynamic that in all likelihood your body hosts species that no scientist has ever studied. Your navel may well be one of the last biological frontiers," reads the Belly Button Bio...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/07/your-belly-button...

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