Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

Home Sweet Microbe: Dust in Your House Can Predict Geographic Region, Gender of Occupants

Home Sweet Microbe: Dust in Your House Can Predict Geographic Region, Gender of Occupants


The humble dust collecting in the average American household harbors a teeming menagerie of bacteria and fungi, and as researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder and North Carolina State University have discovered, it may be able to predict not only the geographic region of a given home, but the gender ratio of the occupants and the presence of a pet as well.


CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and CU Boulder.



Image: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


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