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Saturday, November 16, 2019

This ‘Human Cheese’ Is Made From Celebrity Belly Button And Armpit Bacteria

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It’s not uncommon for cheese lovers to splurge on high-quality cheddar and Cheshire once in a while. But the type of cheese that is currently on display at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum will make even the most enthusiastic cheese fan cringe a little. Five types of ‘human cheese’ are being exhibited at the museum, and the special attraction is a type that is made from bacterias found inside celebrity nose, belly button, and armpit.

The human cheese, which is part of an exhibition called the Food: Bigger Than A Plate, is made from microbes collected from British celebrities, reported Smithsonian Magazine,

As explained in a museum blog post, the cheese is prepared by first transforming the milk into curds by using bacteria. This determines whether the cheese will ripen into cheddar or gouda.

Interestingly, the cheese producers found that many of the bacteria used to make regular cheese are similar to the ones found on human skin, a reason why the scent of stinky feet is sometimes similar to that of a stinky cheese variant.

To prepare the special human cheese, cheesemakers at the London bio lab Open Cell collected bacteria from celebrity armpits, belly button, noses, and ears. The bacteria was later grown in a laboratory.

Alex James, bassist of the band Blur, celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal, British Bake-off runner-up Ruby Tandoh and singer Suggs were immortalised in the cheddar.

The reason behind the creation of human cheese was to reframe microbes, the museum told reporters.
“As scientists develop new techniques for studying microbes, the popular assumption that they are only a source of harm or embarrassment (unwanted smells) is giving way to a much more complex understanding of the extraordinary things they do for us,” a museum spokesperson said.

The museum decided not to make samples of the human cheese. They will soon be sent back to the lab to determine whether the bacteria are safe for consumption.

[ By Times Now News ]

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