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The Wellcome Trust
supports diverse research into dirt, including looking at the links
between excessive cleanliness and allergies, discovering the most
effective ways to encourage hand washing, delving into the
psychology of disgust or developing new techniques to tackle ever
more virulent microbes.
Find out more about the science of dirt in this section, written
by Penny Bailey.
Our discovery over the last century or so of the microorganisms that cause disease has driven us to develop an arsenal of weapons against them. But have we gone too far?
Does dirt have different meanings for people from different cultures?
A historical look at the effects of urbanisation.
Water-borne diseases and pollution are the negative sides to water and air.
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