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Bacterial Ecosystems Abound On Our Skin

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Bacterial colonies flourish on human skin, occupying moist bellybuttons, oily brows and even the parched plains of the forearm. Skin scientist Julie Segre talks about mapping these diverse bacterial ecosystems — and how the bacteria populations may affect skin health.



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