MyMicrobes, a Social Network For People Who Share the Same Germs

September 9, 2011

There are all sorts of social networks. They're based on where you went to school, what you're aspiring to professionally, what music you like, and all sorts of interests. Now some scientists who obviously have no friends have invented a new way to meet people.

Based on whether or not you have the same gut flora!

Yes, for the paltry sum of only $2,100 or so, these scientists will genetically sequence the microbes that live in your digestive system and help you poop. In fact, you have to ship them a stool sample. We're not kidding. That's part of the process. Seriously.

Then, you can get on their social network and see who has the same bacteria and what horrible digestive problems they have. You can compare notes! Make new friends! Be utterly disgusting!

The network was founded because Peer Bork, one of the researchers into gut flora running this venture, kept getting 50 to 100 emails a day from total strangers talking about their digestive problems in great detail. Apparently he thinks it will help people. We think maybe instead of setting up a social network that requires you to pay two grand to poop in a cup, he should have considered setting up spam filters. Just sayin'.

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