Posted on February 12, 2007 Comments (3)
The work is part of a broader effort by a small coterie of scientists to better understand the microbial world that populates the human body. Virtually every orifice and the digestive tract are swarming with bacteria, fungi and other microbes. By some estimates, only one out of every 10 cells in the body is human.
Blaser’s team swabbed an area of skin about the size of silver dollar on the right and left forearms of three healthy men and three healthy women. They then used sophisticated molecular techniques to amplify and analyze fragments of bacterial DNA captured by the swabs. The analysis revealed 182 species, the researchers reported. Of those, 30 had never been seen. They identified an additional 65 species when they sampled four of the volunteers eight to 10 months later, including 14 new species.
There is so much interesting work being done in so many areas it makes keeping up with just a small portion of them tough. Hopefully you find this blog an enjoyable way to do so. I know I find the blog helps me focus and has helped me keep track of some of what I read. But I also completely forget some of the things I have posted before.
To me this is a visible example of how silly anti-bacterial soap is in general use. Some bacteria do make us sick but maybe either cause us no harm or are necessary or are helpful.