Holy Blooming Belly Buttons, Batman!

The season of red roses is upon us, but these petri dishes are growing blooms of another kind – bacteria harvested from the belly buttons of scientists, journalists, and bloggers at the 2011 ScienceOnline Conference.

It’s all part of Belly Button Biodiversity, a project of researchers from North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Their goal: Introduce humans to the wildlife that’s growing on us and in us.

If you’d like to see your own belly button bacteria, attend the February 12 event at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. There, in the musuem’s Darwin Day booth, you can sample your own belly button with a cotton swab. The museum will grow your microbes and you’ll get a photo of your belly button microflora by email.

(Thanks to Boing Boing for this!)

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