Are there "good" bacteria on tabletops and other surfaces?

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Colin Murray

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Colin Murray asked the Naked Scientists:


I hear that there are lots of good bacteria covering our bodies and if they weren't there to keep the bad bacteria in check they would proliferate and we would soon die. Does this hold true for other surfaces, say one's kitchen table? After a surface was sanitized, could it be inoculated with good bacteria to keep the bad guys suppressed? Could something be commercially manufactured that would do this? I am thinking particularly of hospital use to reduce the transmission of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Thank you,

What do you think?



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You know the claim that some kitchen cleaners 'kill 99% of all known germs' - if there's any justice in the world then the 1% who survive are the good guys.