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If all people lived in isolation for a year, would we wipe out all contagious diseases?’

Each person is teeming with bacteria, and we have a lot of viruses, too. A lot of the bacteria that live on and in our bodies can cause disease even if they aren't causing problems at the moment (for instance, E coli in the gut). So, no way. If each person lived in isolation for a year they'd still come out teeming with germs. But maybe it would theoretically wipe out some certain pathogen – I can't think of any, though. We actually need our bacteria, a lot of what goes on is a symbiotic relationship.

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A dramatic increase in the number of people who enjoy the taste of reindeer is putting pressure on stocks in Finland

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The smell of fear can be inherited, scientists prove

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Mozambique Airlines plane crashes in Namibia, killing all 34 on board

A Mozambique Airlines plane en route to Angola crashed in a game park in northeast Namibia killing all 34 people on board, a Namibian police official said on Saturday.

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Moaning, screaming, dying: This is what poaching sounds like

In the forests of Africa, elephants usually get shot out of sight or hearing. But the Elephant Listening Project - a conservation group - has changed that. They put microphones deep into the forests of the DRC and Gabon, to record elephant communications. What those hidden microphones also picked up was this - the moment an elephant is gunned down by poachers.

World's oldest prehistoric toilet unearthed in Argentina

Fossilised dung left by megaherbivores 240-million years ago have been found clustered together

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