January 16, 2021

The Niche

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The Soupome-If you find someone else’s hair in your soup, should you still eat it?

I was going to have a quick lunch of a delicious bowl of soup today and after a couple bites, I noticed a thick, dark curly hair in my soup.


After my head shaving (see pic at that link) for the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser 2 months or so ago, which I did along with my student Ben, I have very short hair (~1cm) and it is sort of reddish-light brown…. so this wasn’t my hair.

hair in soupWhat to do?

Could a single human hair have enough bacteria on it to make eating such soup dangerous? What kinds of bacteria live on hair that could also live in soup? Are there any papers out there on this?

Do we have a new term now–the Soupome (or Soup-ome if you prefer)?

Maybe we should isolate the gDNA from the soup with the hair in it and figure out which bugs are in there? Sounds cool to me and a possible paper.

Any takers? Jonathan Eisen? In addition to the Tree of Life, we could have the Soup of Life?

Take the poll above and let me know your thoughts on the hair in the soup question. Eat it or not?

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