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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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jtdancernh April 22 2014 at 11:48 AM

Note to all the "dancers" out there--careful where you let the clientelle put those 1's and 5's--wouldn't wanna end up with herpes or anal warts, now, would ya?

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ajafullmn April 22 2014 at 1:23 PM

send our $$ to me. I'll be glad to spry disinfectant on it.

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qurkyzvytz April 22 2014 at 1:28 PM

Filthy Lucre...!!!

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palmadiction April 22 2014 at 1:30 PM

We always knew that "money is dirty". Her we have scientific proof of it!

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Randy April 22 2014 at 1:36 PM

I'll take all that people will give me, So that they won't get any jerms .......

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rgrant3700 Randy April 22 2014 at 2:03 PM


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Archie April 22 2014 at 1:52 PM

Don't have any money...guess I am safe!

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miracles Archie April 22 2014 at 2:42 PM

Like that Archie!

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hotspringspark April 22 2014 at 2:05 PM

I was a the store the other day and my friend who works there said a woman came in and took her money out of her sockless shoe to pay. Oh..YUCCCCCCCCKKKKK!!!!!!!

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cindyde hotspringspark April 22 2014 at 5:47 PM

ewww my mom used to that! so effing gross and embarrassing for the 12 yr old child standing beside her in the store. She would also hide my dad's money in her socks and put it under dressers. I wanted ice cream one day and took some from her "hidden" cheese smelling socks once lol

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ddbing63 April 22 2014 at 2:11 PM

wait from human and dog to horse an even a RARE white rhino??? oh dogs and horses made it rain on the rare white rhino in the jungle strip club maybe.

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paul0184 ddbing63 April 22 2014 at 2:41 PM

I like to snort my crushed white rhino horns through $1 bills. A more complex bouquet.

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anicn231 April 22 2014 at 2:20 PM

That is so true. Of course, the money goes from hand to hand every time. This is something that should have been in the news before the credit card got an undeserving bad rap.

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w999surf April 22 2014 at 2:36 PM

What am I suppose to use at the strip club?

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