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Scientists make cheese from bacteria of the human belly button

By Mason White 11:52 AM November 26, 2013
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By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) If you don’t like the smell of regular cheese you should stay away of the new “Selfmade” cheese.

You will need a strong stomach to enter the new exhibition at the Dublin Science Gallery. On display, are cheeses cultured from bacteria of the human body in the name of science, food and art.

The cheeses were made with bacteria extracted from the nose, toes and mouths of artists, anthropologists, writers and cheese makers.

“These cheeses are not meant for human consumption,” Christina Agapakis, one of the creators of the “Selfmade” project said. “These cheeses are for thinking,” she said.

Each cheese has a unique and ripe scent, and they do not smell like the humans who made them.

“In general, they smell like cheese,” Agapakis said.

Even the cheese made from a human belly button smells like cheese.