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Studying the bacteria in our bodies: The ethical ramifications

Personally, I would have been perfectly happy to have been one of the volunteers for the Human Microbiome Project, in which researchers took a detailed census of all the bacteria, fungi and other microscopic life within us.

Nor would I care if the contents of my innards were published for all to see (though I might be perturbed if my friends came to know I was one of the one-third of subjects carrying around Staphylococcus aureus in my nose or on my skin, in case they started treating me like Typhoid Mary. But the samples were anonymous. Nobody will ever know.)
 
 

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