February 17th, 2004 - Open Knowledge
Feb. 17th, 2004
12:49 am - I, for one, welcome our new...
...from the Things You Wish You Didn't Know Departmnet:
Biohazard lurks in bathrooms
Shower curtains awash with potentially harmful bacteria.
16 February 2004
Soap scum is home to opportunistic pathogens.
If you don't scrub your shower curtain, you're asking for trouble. These plastic sheets are flooded with bacteria that can cause nasty infections says Norman Pace, a microbiologist at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Pace has long been interested in the microbial communities that live all around us, and one day decided to examine the soapy film that covered his shower curtain. "I scraped a little bit of soap scum, put it under the microscope and went: 'Wooah!'" he says. The sample teemed with bacterial life.
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