Gross or gorgeous?
So what story does this phone tell?
University of Surrey instructor Simon Park says most of the bacteria on his students' cell phones were harmless varieties normally found on the skin, such as the Micrococcus. Disease-carrying bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus were also found, however.
"The ecological niche on the body for Staphylococcus aureus is the nostrils, so a furtive pick of the nose, and quick text after, and you end up with this pathogen on your smartphone," Park told Wired.co.uk.
We're guessing a not-so-furtive pick of the nose could do the job just as well.
February 20, 2013 12:50 PM PST
Photo by: Simon Park/University of Surrey
| Caption by: Leslie Katz
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