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Science confirms paper money covered with infectious bacteria

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

TIME: A study of the bacterial content of dollar bills found that "money could function as a form of transmission."

The team conducting the study saw microbes from diverse places in the body, from normal skin fauna (obviously) to bacteria usually found in the inside of the vagina (not so obviously). They also found that bills collected during different seasons had different microbial communities, suggesting that money could play a role in the spread of community-acquired pneumonia; more seriously, the scientists found microbes presenting antibiotic-resistant genes, like those found in MRSA.

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