Research: These bearded bacteria could save lives in the future

Beard bacteria could help develop new antibiotics

Beards are fashionable. In the beard, countless bacteria frolic. The hair on the face could help develop new antibiotics, said researchers at University College London. Can beard bacteria also endanger health? Scientists have also studied the question.

Bearded dogs are currently very popular and look fashionable, but it has often been said that the beard was full of dirt and bacteria. But that does not have to be negative for us. Researchers have now discovered that the bacteria contained in the beard could help develop new forms of antibiotics. The researchers published the results of their study in the journal "Journal of Hospital Infection".

Shaved people more populated with bacteria

Researchers around the world have been looking for a new antibiotic for years. It now seems that scientists have finally found what they were looking for. But not in the deepest rainforest nor in an isolated swamp, experts have now found new approaches, but in the beards of men.

Critics have long claimed that the beard is not only an embarrassing affectation, but can also contain unpleasant bacteria. But do beards pose a health risk? In fact, traces of enterobacteria have been found in the beard, this species is usually found in feces, say doctors. Do all the beards contain such bacteria? A recent scientific study conducted in an American hospital has reached very different conclusions.

In this study, the face of 408 hospital staff was buffered, with or without facial hair. The place was well thought out selected. We know that nosocomial infections are a leading cause of illness and death in our hospitals, say the researchers: many patients are infected with a dangerous bacterium. It has long been thought that the bacteria spread through our hands, our blouses or our gadgets.

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The human beard has not been thought of until now. Surprisingly, the doctors found that the clean shaven staff had a higher colonization rate with certain types of bacteria. "Our study suggests that facial hair does not increase the overall risk of bacterial colonization compared to cleansed controls," the researchers said. "People with shaved skin were even three times more likely to wear harmful bacteria on their faces than their bearded counterparts."

A doctor discovers antibiotic properties in beard samples

What are the reasons for the increase of bacteria on closely shaved faces? The current study has an explanation. When shaving, micro-traumas can develop on the skin. These can lead to abrasions that promote bacterial colonization, say the researchers. Some scientists even suspect today that the beard is able to fight against the infection. The beards of countless people were sponged and the samples were then sent for analysis. Adam Roberts of University College London.

The doctor raised more than a hundred different bacteria from beard samples. He discovered that in some petri dishes, something was developing that kills other bacteria. The substance clearly had antibiotic properties. Roberts. The doctor explained that there may be antibodies in the beard that can fight the infection. In other words, get out with the razor, the beard is back.

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