Where to find a date in York

A new social networking site has opened up, and I learned about it via CNN. The site MyMicrobes offers to help you find someone based upon one criterion: the types of microorganisms that inhabit your digestive tract. The premise was based upon emails received by founder Peer Bork, a researcher in digestive chemistry (ha!), looking for solace from the myriad of digestive ailments that afflict people. Bork’s “eureka” moment came when he realized that he could potentially pair these people and let them suffer together instead of suffering alone. OK, that last remark as mine, but the thought was that perhaps a networking site might let people exchange ideas about diets and such that might offer help.

People can join the site, and receive  unique username, but unlike Facebook, you’ll also need to supply a stool sample and $2100 which will cover the costs of sequencing your gut bacteria. The site presently has about 100 participants, and it is hoped that the numbers will climb to over 5000 in the next year to make the network useful.

I’ve spoken about how gut bacteria can influence our preference in mates, how important it is to find the right gut bacteria in order to maintain that youthful figure, and most importantly how hard it is to find a loved one willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for you. Clearly, our prokaryotic gut microbiome is telling us something important: Love is hard, but they are here to help.

So; who’s going to ‘friend’ Prof. Singleton on MyMicrobes?


About ycpmicro

My name is David Singleton, and I am an Associate Professor of Microbiology at York College of Pennsylvania. My main course is BIO230, a course taken by allied-health students at YCP. Views on this site are my own.

Posted on September 18, 2011, in Strange but True and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Where to find a date in York.

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