Study Finds Unexpected Bacterial Diversity on Human Skin – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Using the power of DNA sequencing technology, an initial study of the Human Microbiome Project, published in the journal Science, reveals much more bacterial diversity on our skin than expected by researchers.
Dr. Segre: We’re analyzing what bacteria live at all different depths of your skin, and with these methods, the diversity that we found is about 100 times greater than what was previously known.
Narrator: Dr. Julia Segre of the National Human Genome Research Institute explains that with these findings, scientists can better understand how bacterial communities on the skin change with skin disease. For more details on the study, visit www.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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