Valentine's Science: How Mouth Germs Shape Attraction

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Choosing the best mate this Valentine's Day just got sort of creepy: Accumulating research suggests that in addition to good looks, charm and intelligence, a person's body bugs may also play a role in love.
The human body is home to 100 trillion microbes, known collectively as the microbiome. In fact, bacterial cells in the human body outnumber human cells by a ratio of 10 to 1.

a 10-second kiss can transfer up to millions of bacteria.




An interestingly fun, gross, creepy read.

Valentine's Science: How Mouth Germs Shape Attraction

Happy VD.

Joe Mobley
  • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
    Joe,

    You big romantic, you.

    I dare you to go up to the next pretty lady you see and ask her if she wants to swap microbiomes and see how far that gets ya.


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    • Profile picture of the author Joe Mobley
      In an effort to keep the ask/reward ratio at a more "rewarding" level, I remain flexible in different situations. I will say that words like microbiomes, cooties, etc. are generally not mentioned... initially.



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      Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

      Joe,

      You big romantic, you.

      I dare you to go up to the next pretty lady you see and ask her if she wants to swap microbiomes and see how far that gets ya.


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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Well, being that it's Valentine's day - I have to remind you that sometimes a little ignorance really, really is bliss.
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