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Skin's Microbiome Research Reveals Unexpected Bacteria Variety
Posted: June 2, 2009
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The study's senior author, Julia A Segre, PhD, of NHGRI, hopes this research will facilitate efforts to understand the genetic and environmental factors involved in eczema, psoriasis, acne, antibiotic-resistant infections and other skin disorders.
NIH recently launched the Human Microbiome Project, a part of the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, to discover what microbial communities exist in different parts of the human body and to explore how these communities change with disease. In addition to skin and nose, that project is sampling the digestive tract, the mouth and the vagina.