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Scientists Make Cheese From Microbes on Michael Pollan's Skin

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Scientists Make Cheese From Microbes on Michael Pollan's Skin
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Artisanal cheese is a popular trend but it seems to have crossed into a whole different territory lately. We recently reported on cheese made from human tears but now we've gotten word the same scientists who made that possible also made fromage from Michael Pollan's belly button. Yes...really!

Whose idea was it to use organisms from the food writer's body? You can thank Christina Agapakis, a microbiologist at the University of California, Los Angeles. The scientist reached out to artist Sissel Tolaas to experiment with making cheese using microbes on their skin, The Salt reports.

Agapakis then went on to take microbe samples from Pollan, author of the best-selling Omnivore's Dilemma, and another scientist's feet. The microbes were grown in Petri dishes and incorporated into the cheesemaking process. The cheeses are currently on display at Dublin's Science Gallery where visitors can take a sniff but not taste them.

"People were really nervous and uncomfortable, and kind of making these grossed out faces," Agapakis told The Salt. "Then they smell the cheese, and they'll realize that it just smells like a normal cheese."

Would you be curious to try Michael Pollan microbe cheese?

Via The Salt

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