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TRENDING NOW - Germs on your smartphone prove useful to scientists

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How many times a day do you think you touch your smartphone -- hundreds maybe? Well a new study says all those germs that we're inevitably leaving behind on our screens may be a useful tool for scientists.

Researchers say what we leave behind on our smartphones amounts to a personal "bacteria blueprint" -- or a fingerprint that can tell us a lot about our health.

Researchers from the University of Oregon found that 82% of the most common bacteria, typically found on our hands, are also on our smartphones.

They say this means to some extent your phone is a reflection of you and the trillions of micro-organisms on your body. And this could have important implications for the way researchers study health issues.

Researchers say using your phone could become a "non invasive" way to look at how bacteria is passed and how long it stays in place -- and to monitor your health overall, giving you almost a snapshot of what bacteria you have around you.

Interestingly enough, the results in the study were stronger among women than men, though there is no clear reason why.

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