Your phone and shoes are home to completely unknown life forms

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2194167-your-phone-and-shoes-are-home-to-completely-unknown-life-forms/

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Anyone hoping to discover a new species may only need to look as far as the soles of their shoes or the phone in their pocket. A study of 3500 swab samples taken from people’s shoes and phones has found nine unstudied branches of bacterial life.

The samples were taken by Jonathan Eisen, of the University of California, Davis, and his team from members of the public attending sporting events, museums, and educational events in the US.

When they sequenced and analysed the DNA …