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Mi­cro­coc­cus lu­teus is com­mon in dust and soil and on skin— and harm­less to healthy im­mune sys­tems.

Kleb­siella oxy­toca re­sides on mu­cus mem­branes and skin; it of­ten causes in­fec­tions in hos­pi­tals.

Acine­to­bac­ter bau­man­nii is in most dirt and wa­ter; a drug-re­sis­tant strain in­fects many soldiers.

Bacil­lus flexus pro­duces min­er­als that make con­crete stronger. Typ­i­cally, it hangs out in soil.

Co­ma­monas lives al­most ev­ery­where, and can break down hor­mones in pol­luted wa­ters.

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