Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Swabs for the Belly Button Biodiversity Project

On Friday I received a small, yellow envelope from the team at the Belly Button Biodiversity Project. A tube with culture swabs and associated paperwork were neatly packaged inside.

The instructions for How to Sample your Belly Button Biota include the following note: "Do not do anything out of the ordinary to your belly button before sampling (e.g. scrubbing, lint removal.)" Instructions noted and followed. My swabs, Informed Consent Form, and a small questionnaire are headed back in the mail today. I will post the results here when they are available.

Now to solve the mystery of what happened to the other two kits that I requested. I'd like to see how my microbiome correlates to the two people closest to me—my husband and son.

In other fun news.... I am impatiently awaiting the delivery of my Kindle Fire, which is scheduled to arrive today. I will post a review here after I have had a chance to use it for a week or so.

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