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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – People give off their own distinguishable cloud of microbes, according to a study carried out by researchers at the University of Oregon.

People emit more than a million biological particles an hour by touching surfaces as well as by releasing ones from their breath, clothes, skin, and hair, the researchers noted. It's long been known that people can transmit pathogens to one another as well as to surrounding surfaces, but exactly how they affect indoor air surrounding them has been unclear.

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