Microbiologists from University College London recently took swabs from beards to test the theory that facial hair houses fecal bacteria.
Thankfully my bearded brethren, they found no evidence to support the widely-believed fable. But they did discover something surprising – that beard bacteria has antibiotic properties.
Adam Roberts, senior lecturer in Microbial Diseases At University College London, talks about his findings to Reuters.
Hopefully, Dr. Robert’s findings will lead to a novel antibiotic that becomes relevant in medicine. Scientists are on the hunt for new antibiotics wherever they could be, as antibacterial-resistant bacteria becomes a growing concern worldwide.