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Money is even dirtier than you think

Money Is Even Dirtier Than You Think

New York University researchers have discovered some grimy details about your $1 bills ... and the findings might make you want to wash your hands more than once. XETV says, "Researchers at NYU found more than 3,000 different types of bacteria."

That's right - 3,000! Researchers with NYU's "Dirty Money Project" collected 80 $1 bills from a bank in Manhattan. They found nearly 1.2 billion DNA segments. And, believe it or not, only about half of that DNA was human!

"From human and dog to horse ... and even rare white rhino."

But HLN says the most common bacteria they found might surprise you even more: "The one they found the most often causes acne."

And to really push you over the top, there's a lot of bacteria scientists weren't even able to identify.

"Scientists were only able to identify 20 percent of the germs that live on some dollar bills."

According to The Wall Street Journal, researchers say other microorganisms found are linked to gastric ulcers, pneumonia, food poisoning and staph infections.

Jane Carlton, director of genome sequencing where the university-funded work was performed, said: "We actually found that microbes grow on money."

According to research published last year in the journal Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control, scientists attempted to grow bacteria on seven different currencies and found some germs lived longer on plastic banknotes.

According to an older report from ABC, one doctor said, "$1 bills are widely used and each is exchanged many times ... if some are contaminated with bacteria, there is potential to spread these organisms from person to person."

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HI BEAUTIFUL April 22 2014 at 7:01 PM

This is news??????? Really?????? We all know how dirty money is from the time we were little kids. NYU should be using research for more important things. By the way, all money, paper and coins all are dirty. How and why does this crap studies keep comming up year after year. Put those study dollars and research to better use. None of this is new at all.

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pancreaticdefect April 22 2014 at 12:18 PM

Must be why I didn't suffer from acne too badly as a teen. I never had any money.

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richyalf April 22 2014 at 12:19 PM

A 2006 study found the bacteria MRSA on 60% of airline drop down trays.

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tom April 22 2014 at 12:19 PM

Bacteria lives on everything, not just money. It has not hurt you yet, and that's a good reason not to let your kids have any until they are teenagers..

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partsautomall April 22 2014 at 12:25 PM


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Jay April 22 2014 at 12:27 PM

That is nothing new they have said this before and they don't tell you Drug substance as well. Paper bills have had K-9 alerts on occasions because of different handling on money from source of drugs from one person to another.

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ksnowkat133 April 22 2014 at 12:30 PM

Heck..... just toss it in the laundry on hot !

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RockNHula April 22 2014 at 5:23 PM

The big secret is for some young aggresive reporter to identify a target group of people who routinely do not handle money vs. those who do. What he'll find is--people who handle money the least have the least health issues.

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Iris April 22 2014 at 12:37 PM

So wash your hands as you are required to do when you get home.
I wear white gloves to handle everything even in the super market now a days.
The mail has many germs on it and so on.
Everything is contaminated with disease ,if you go searching for the fact.
We do not need to spend money on research to find out what any idiot would know.
Most every one seems to lazy to think,except to check their little square hand held item.

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baldy672 April 22 2014 at 12:38 PM

If you have money you don't want, feel free to send it to me.

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