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Being Dirty Makes You Clever. Maybe.

According to research presented at the 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, exposure to Mycobacterium vaccae in the environment could increase learning behaviour. Previous research studies on M. vaccae showed that heat-killed bacteria injected into mice stimulated growth of some neurons in the brain that resulted in increased levels of serotonin and decreased anxiety. Read more.

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