Men with beards carry more germs than dogs, study suggests

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The march organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU

The jury has always been out on whether men look better with or without beards, but a new study has found one thing regarding facial hair to be true - beards harbour more germs than dog fur.

When examining 18 beards and the necks of 30 dogs from a number of breeds, scientists found that canines had lower levels of microbes than the beards surveyed.

Seven men had bacteria levels so high they posed a genuine threat to human health.

Yahoo! reports that all the beards contained a high microbial count, while only 23 of the 30 dogs showed any signs of bacterial infestation.

The study actually meant to understand whether humans could contract dog-borne diseases from a MRI scanner shared by veterinarians. Almost half of the beards tested in the study carried germs that posed serious risk to human health.

After the MRI scans of the dogs, the scanners were disinfected.

Professor Andreas Gutzeit of the Hirslanden Clinic told the Daily Mail, "On the basis of these findings, dogs can be considered as clean compared with bearded men".

But founder of the Beard Liberation Front that promotes facial hair, Keith Flett, was unimpressed by the study.

"I don't believe that beards in themselves are unhygienic".