Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Before you go kissing someone, consider this new and profound finding. Each of us emits a unique combination of microbes, some innocuous and others possibly deadly. This phenomenon has been referred to as the "human microbiome." Like the Peanuts character Pigpen, each and every one of us walks around emitting a "microbial cloud" that is undetectable with the human eye. This unique emission is can even distinguish one human from another. This may be more unique than a fingerprint.

This microbial signature may begin to explain the unusual feelings two people have when they meet, stand in close proximity, breathe the same air or engage in passionate kissing. Does this mean that "love sickness" may actually be a treatable condition? I don't think the verdict is in on that one, but it certainly begins to explain emotional/physiological contagion.

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