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Old 06-06-2009, 11:53 PM   #1
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Bacterial Ecosystems Abound On Our Skin

Worlds Of Bacteria, Alive On Your Skin
by Richard Harris
May 29, 2009

Bacterial Ecosystems Abound On Our Skin : NPR
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The human body contains 10 times as many bacterial cells as it does human cells. Biologists have now taken a census of the bacteria that live on our skin, and it turns out that the diversity of life there is quite remarkable. The bacteria between our eyebrows are different from those on the elbow or in some other nook or cranny.

The bacteria are part of genuine ecosystems akin to life on the savannah, the ocean or the rich life of a tropical rain forest.
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"We think of the inside of the nose as the rain forest," she says, because it contains the greatest wealth of biological diversity.
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I never thought of the inside of my nose as a tropical rainforest. This is pretty wild. I like the analogies they made.
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