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When I was quite younger I heard reference, from my EE/ME bio-tech father, to studies exactly like the one linked below with similar findings. I was further told the tested species were specifically unsealed ring porous hardwoods such as Oak due to the common use of oak in butcher blocks.

Unfortunately I have been unable to source those studies I had only heard about so I never mentioned the "hear-say" stuff.

Here is the summary of more recent studies

I have e-mailed Dr Cliver for the test parameters of that study and I hope to get a copy of the research in it's entirety. I am hopeful that it will show individual test results by species of wood as well as investigate the use of finishes though I suspect that the test subjects are unsealed.

I will let y'all know what more I find out!

-Jean
 
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