New research reveals more than you ever wanted to know about the bacteria inhabiting your body.
The back of your knee probably has more microbes than your mouth or your gut--that's just one of the somewhat disturbing revelations from a study published today online in Science. Researchers from the University of Colorado, Boulder have developed the most complete map yet of the microbes that dwell on and in us. "The highest diversity skin sites were the forearms, palm, index finger, back of the knee and sole of the foot. The armpits and soles of the feet showed some similarities, perhaps because they are from dark and moist environments," said Noah Fierer, one of the study's authors, in a statement.
Scientists are mapping our microbial inhabitants in order to better understand their role in human health and disease. As I noted in a previous feature:
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Via the Instapundit