Skin microbes

The billions of microscopic critters that cloak your skin are a bit like fashionable threads—the ones you're wearing today may be out by next season.

That's the implication of a new study, which identified more than 240 distinct microbes on the forearms of six healthy people.

Each person's 'wardrobe' of germs seems to be as unique as his or her sense of style. No two volunteers had all the same microbes on their flesh, though they did have some overlap...


Gut microbes.


Christopher C. in Hawaii said...

Were there any landscapers in the test group? Imagine what they have crawling on their skin.

chuck b. said...

Especially in tropical climates, right? San Francisco would have boring microbes. But I always wonder what all is going on inside my compost bin. Who's living there?