MEN'S OFFICES SHOW MORE BACTERIA THAN WOMEN'S
- Men's offices are crawling with more bacteria than women's workplaces, according to researchers who investigated the microbes where we spend much of our time.
Scientists actually know little about what types of bacteria and viruses grow where we live, work and play, even though we spend about 90 per cent of our time indoors. Understanding more could be useful for medical purposes.
In Wednesday's issue of the journal PloS One, 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, Ariz.
The same five surfaces were sampled with sterile swabs:
Men's offices had up to 20 per cent more bacteria than women's offices, the researchers found.
"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."
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