Scientists create cheese from human toe bacteria!
In what must go down as the strangest and possibly most disgusting exhibition ever, Ireland played host to a showcase including armpit and foot cheese.
The one-time exhibition took place back at Dublin’s Science Gallery 2013 and not too surprisingly hasn’t occurred since.
The cheeses were part of an exhibition called selfmade which celebrated the diversity of life in our own bodies. Each of the cheeses is crafted from starter cultures samples from the skin of a different person, and are then identified and characterized using microbiological techniques and 16S ribosomal RNA sequencing.
What was perhaps most shocking was that the cheeses appeared to hold similar smells to their original donors. Artist Christina Agapakis explained to Dezeen magzine.
“We were surprised by how not only do cheese and smelly body parts like feet share similar odor molecules but also have similar microbial populations.”
Don’t expect to see the cheese at your local Lidl anytime soon however, from what we could tell none of the cheeses were suitable for eating. So no Foot cheese for your BLT I’m afraid.