Squeaky clean mice show that skin bacteria help shape immunity

by drsjbecker on October 1, 2012

The psychedelic image above is a super-close-up view of the skin — and the brightly colored blobs are immune cells. What’s it about?

Evidence is mounting that the bacteria that live on our bodies affect our health, for good or ill. It’s a hot area of research, much of it centered on the gut — and no wonder, for this is the spot where the richest bacterial communities are found. The bugs that dwell there seem to help our immune systems develop along the right lines, among other things. (They can also contribute to disease.)

 

http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-bacteria-skin-immunity-20120726,0,1377472.story?track=rss

Los Angeles Times (CA) – By Rosie Mestel – (Thursday, July 26, 2012) –

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