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What's on your skin? Archaea, that's what: Study on human skin microbiome finds archaea abundance associated with age -- ScienceDaily



Hoi-Ying Holman, director of the Berkeley Synchrotron Infrared Structural Biology (BSISB) Program, has developed a technique using the Advanced Light Source to rapidly screen cells to tell if they're bacteria or archaea.
Credit: Marilyn Chung, Berkeley Lab
It turns out your skin is crawling with single-celled microorganisms -- and they're not just bacteria. A study by the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the Medical University of Graz has found that the skin microbiome also contains archaea, a type of extreme-loving microbe, and that the amount of it varies with age.

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