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The belly button has captured the human imagination for centuries. It’s the portal through which we were connected to our mothers. It’s the physical reminder of our evolutionary past. It’s the ideal locale for citizen science research on skin microbes.

Thanks to hundreds of volunteers who twirled a cotton swab in their belly button for science, we’ve learned that the belly button is a hot spot of microbial biodiversity.

Explore the results. Contribute to data analysis. Wander through and admire your microbial jungle.

Belly Button Biodiversity Showcase

Explore the amazing diversity of cultured bacteria from our participants’ belly buttons. You can view the complete collection in our main gallery.