Who knows what lurks in the belly but­ton?

Modern Healthcare - - Late News -

The folks at the Belly But­ton Di­ver­sity pro­ject want to re­mind you that you may know more about kan­ga­roos in Aus­tralia than you do about the crea­tures that live in your own belly but­ton.

Re­searchers at North Carolina State Univer­sity and the North Carolina Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral Science in Raleigh launched the Belly But­ton Bio­di­ver­sity pro­ject, which aims to gather bac­te­ria from belly but­tons to learn more about the mi­cro-or­gan­isms that live on peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to the pro­ject’s web­site. Ap­par­ently, few peo­ple wash their belly but­tons, mak­ing it the “per­fect” place to gather bac­te­ria.

The team posted the first round of re­sults—pho­tos in­cluded—to the pro­ject’s web­site this month.

On a Satur­day in April, vis­i­tors to the mu­seum were even asked to vol­un­teer their belly but­ton sam­ples. Don’t worry, they were paid for their ef­forts and re­ceived $2 off ad­mis­sion into the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s An­i­mal Grossol­ogy ex­hibit.

There’s no telling what’s down there.

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