Volunteers helped to collect samples of dust from various buildings from all over the USA. All scientists have studied 1,2 thousand samples within the project Wild Life of Our Homes (wildlife in our homes, TRANS.).
The dust contains bacteria, viruses, fungi, organic and inorganic compounds. Their analysis can identify the source of dust and even the gender of the people living in the apartment, the presence or absence of Pets. Research method the dust can be effectively used in forensic science and forensic medicine.
The results, scientists believe, is only the beginning of a long journey. Now it is planned to establish the number of bacteria living in apartments. This study showed that in one place can accommodate more than five thousand different species.