|Some Good Guys (Photo by Bob Blaylock)|
It takes a clinical study (of chimps, no less) to find something good to say about rush hour in the New York City subway,
Researchers (who probably drive to work) concluded that swapping microbes with fellow passengers is a good thing. Such exchanges are deemed to be mostly “benign” (unless or until your wallet comes up missing).
Forget the discomfort of getting up close and personal with imperfect strangers. These days, it’s all about the microbiome. On a gut level, it’s sheer joy to be soaking up free infusions of bacterial DNA. The little buggers can be shared by bumping into other commuters.
So pity the poor folks in single-passenger vehicles. Lacking diversity where it counts the most, they might well be in danger of “autoimmune problems or opportunistic infections.”
Copyright January 16, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke All Rights Reserved