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The kind you have to put your finger in each time your lips get dry? Well, microbiologists want you to know those adorable lip balm pots are bacteria bombs that can lead to infection. Dr. Elaine Larson is an infectious disease researcher at Columbia University. And she says every time you dip into that pot, your finger could be transferring bacteria, viruses, and all kinds of illness-causing microorganisms to your lip balm – essentially turning it into a petri-dish.