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Study says men’s beards are dirtier than dog fur

It’s a study that has sparked a lot of discussion this week. It says men with beards carry more germs than dogs.

Research that was published in the journal, European Radiology, looked at bacteria samples from 18 men. It then compared those with samples from 30 dogs.

The study says it also, “compared the extent of bacterial contamination of an MRI scanner shared by dogs and humans with two other MRI scanners used exclusively by humans.”

The conclusion? Research says, “Our study shows that bearded men harbour significantly higher burden of microbes and more human-pathogenic strains than dogs. As the MRI scanner used for both dogs and humans was routinely cleaned after animal scanning, there was substantially lower bacterial load compared with scanners used exclusively for humans.”

The men used in the study were between the ages of 18 and 76.

Click here for the full article on the study.


Amanda Gilbert

Multimedia Journalist

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