(KUTV) — Beards may be totally "in," but they are also dirty, and hazardous to human health according to a study.
Scientists discovered men with beards have more germs in their hairs than dogs carry in their fur.
A new study found that every sample of beard hair collected was crawling with bacteria. Nearly half had bugs and bacteria considered hazardous to human health, the Daily Mail reports. The dogs tested had lower levels of microbes, a bacterium that causes disease.
Scientists initially wanted determine if humans could pick up a dog-borne disease from an MRI scan that was also used for examinations by veterinarians. Researchers took swabs from beards of 18 men, ages 18 to 76, and the necks of 30 dogs.