Monday, May 28, 2012
Grice EA, Segre JA. The skin microbiome. Nature Reviews in Microbiology 2011; 9: 244-253. Abstract.
PubMed ID (PMID): 21407241
Comments: This is a well-written review about the relatively new field of human skin microbiome, in which information is derived not from classical bacterial cultures, but from the amplification and sequencing of bacterial DNA from skin surface samples. This paper first reviews some of the factors that influence skin bacterial populations (e.g. body sites, temporal or interpersonal variability...) before addressing the relation between surface microbial flora and some skin diseases.
Recommended by: Thierry Olivry, NC State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA