In the News (BBC): “Everyone is surrounded by a unique “cloud” of millions of their own bacteria, according to scientists at the University of Oregon in the US.
“Walk through someone else’s cloud, and it will ‘rain’ bacteria on your skin and be breathed into your lungs.
The study on 11 people, published in the journal PeerJ, showed it was possible to identify people from their microbial miasma.
“One microbiologist said the findings were simply ‘gross’.
“Studies have already shown that our microbiome – the collection of bacteria, viruses and fungi that live on our skin and in our bodies – outnumbers our own cells 10-to-one.
“These can be spread through direct contact, airborne emissions and shed skin cells in dust. …
“One of the researchers, Dr James Meadow, said: ‘We expected that we would be able to detect the human microbiome in the air around a person, but we were surprised to find that we could identify most of the occupants just by sampling their microbial cloud.’
“He [Dr Ben Neuman, a microbiologist from the University of Reading] said the ‘gross’ findings ‘make sense’ in light of the growing understanding of the microbiome and showed that by exchanging bacteria we ‘are changing each other all the time’. …
My Comment: We are all totally interconnected, not only between us but with all continuous space. This connection enables us to imagine continuous and infinite strings that connect all the elements of creation into one whole. The bacteria are only a minor external form of our complete unity.