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(The Register)   Feeding the bacteria on your phone, what could go wrong?   (theregister.co.uk) divider line 24
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2013-02-26 12:09:47 AM
Bacteria that may or may not be harmful? Everybody panic!
 
2013-02-26 05:00:00 AM
I have an iPhone. They aren't susceptible to virii.
 
2013-02-26 05:18:43 AM
Virtually everything you handle on a regular basis is seething with bacteria.  That's what bacteria do.  They live almost everywhere there's a chance in hell they'll survive.  Your skin is hog heaven for countless species of commensal bacteria, and anything you get your skin oils on is too.

Park doesn't say if the bugs depicted are likely to threaten your health, but does observe that "From these results, it seems that the mobile phone doesn't just remember telephone numbers, but also harbours a history of our personal and physical contacts such as other people, soil, etc."

This is a more interesting point, though in a kind of vague way.  I don't know if it could have any useful forensic or epidemiological applications.
 
2013-02-26 05:22:07 AM
OH NO WE MUST BATHE IN BLEACH.
 
2013-02-26 05:47:16 AM
I rub down my phone in a crossbred MRSA/VRSA... Insures that whoever swipes my phone will be missing half their face the next morning after using it.
 
2013-02-26 05:58:35 AM
Oh, look. It's this story again.

Like a particularly obdurate yeast infection, it just refuses to shuffle off this mortal coil.

"has unleashed untold horror on the world  " - well, OK then.
 
2013-02-26 06:29:45 AM
That takes me back - to 4th grade science class.

We grew mold in petri dishes. I was a dumb kid back then and made sure mine was gross as hell even before we started, but even my classmates who weren't as gross managed to grow some nasty shiat.

If this guy thinks my phone is full of bacteria, I'd like to show him my keyboard.
 
2013-02-26 06:42:05 AM
Phone thread i.imgur.com UPS 11:30-12:40 today already have the gelaskin
 
2013-02-26 06:50:40 AM
So can I keep licking my phone screen to keep it clear?
 
2013-02-26 07:07:55 AM
Everyone of you missed the biggest pro lem with this story. We cannot recall the B-Arc. We are the B-Arc.
 
2013-02-26 07:08:45 AM
We probably shouldn't have shot all the telephone sanitizers into space....
 
2013-02-26 07:09:47 AM

p89tech: Everyone of you missed the biggest pro lem with this story. We cannot recall the B-Arc. We are the B-Arc.


Your jib...it's very nice.
 
2013-02-26 07:59:52 AM

p89tech: Everyone of you missed the biggest pro lem with this story. We cannot recall the B-Arc. We are the B-Arc.


Perfect. I came here for this. Now that I see it is taken care of, I will run some more warm water in my bath.
 
2013-02-26 08:09:03 AM
Mine is always clean.  I wipe it on my pant leg after I use it.

/sometimes, my butt
//but only when I have clothes on
 
2013-02-26 08:19:04 AM
the take home message here is don't cover your phone in lab grade bacterial growth medium.  Of course you probably weren't going to do that anyway.

Unjustified panic is unjustified.
 
2013-02-26 08:37:04 AM
The fark is a boffin?? Fark you, England, for farking up your own damned language.
 
2013-02-26 08:58:50 AM
O NOES! My phone may be getting face germs from my FACE! And then RUBBING THEM ON MY FACE! I'M GETTING FACE GERMS ON MY FACE!
 
2013-02-26 09:27:45 AM
Yes, we all know, everything is dirty.It hasn't killed me yet, it likely won't.
 
2013-02-26 10:05:50 AM

WinoRhino: p89tech: Everyone of you missed the biggest pro lem with this story. We cannot recall the B-Arc. We are the B-Arc.

Perfect. I came here for this. Now that I see it is taken care of, I will run some more warm water in my bath.


Could you put a kettle on for a cuppa as well?
 
2013-02-26 10:31:37 AM
I would guess that the bacteria on the back of your phone matches your hand while the bacteria on the front of your phone matches your face.  SCARY!!!!
 
2013-02-26 12:32:25 PM
This just in: there are millions of bacteria all over you.  RIGHT NOW!!!
 
2013-02-26 08:21:33 PM

tom baker's scarf: the take home message here is don't cover your phone in lab grade bacterial growth medium.  Of course you probably weren't going to do that anyway.


well, I do work in a lab, mixing lab grade bacterial growth media, and yes I do touch my phone when my hands are covered with media powder, I'm farked.

/microbiology
//Not very exciting
///but I get a labcoat
////May or may not be naked under it at times....
 
2013-02-26 08:30:09 PM

BlaqueKatt: tom baker's scarf: the take home message here is don't cover your phone in lab grade bacterial growth medium.  Of course you probably weren't going to do that anyway.

well, I do work in a lab, mixing lab grade bacterial growth media, and yes I do touch my phone when my hands are covered with media powder, I'm farked.

/microbiology
//Not very exciting
///but I get a labcoat
////May or may not be naked under it at times....


Eh. The little buggers need water too so don't touch your phone with powdery fingers, follow the say it, don't spay it rule and you'll be fine.

As for the lab coat - I've been there but the genetics lab is usally cleaner, at least compared to micro, and there is ether...
 
2013-02-26 08:33:14 PM
... and there high speed centrifuges large enough to sit on.


/just saying
 
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