July 2012

Skin microbiota

New study on the skin microbiota out in Science. Turns out, the microbes on our skin, the body’s largest organ, both defend us from infection, and orchestrate our immune response. The abiding question is, have we altered the skin’s microbiota with all the washing and scrubbing we do these days? A once-a-day shower is an evolutionarily novel proposition. Do we disturb the natural biofilm with our obsessive
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