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January 2007

Skin MicroecologyThe Old and the New

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Copyright 2007 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2007

Arch Dermatol. 2007;143(1):105-106. doi:10.1001/archderm.143.1.105

Interest in the ecology of skin bacteria and the skin as a habitat has waxed and waned over the past 30 or so years. The past few years have been a particularly active time as were the 1970s. Thirty years ago, a wealth of research demonstrated that different regions of the skin have distinct and reproducible bacterial populations that are determined by the cutaneous anatomy.1