Could the types of materials we use in our home have an impact on the billions of microorganisms that exist there?

July 6, 2022

SONYA SCOTT GREW up on a sheep and beef farm in the Waikato. She worked as a rousey with her dad in the shearing sheds and wore thick woollen jerseys that were knitted by her mum. Now, as a senior scientist at AgResearch, she’s still working with wool, whether it’s researching the benefits of the protein keratin, the main component of wool, for use in cosmetics and wound care, or, most recently, studying the impact woollen and synthetic materials have on a home’s microbiome.

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