The microbial communities that recolonize the skin after a slight abrasion more closely resemble the microbiomes of lower skin layers than those initially found on the skin's surface, according to a Genome Biology study by a team based in The Netherlands. Researchers from Radboud University, NIZO Food Research, and Wageningen University used 16S ribosomal RNA sequencing to look at the microbial community dynamics in skin layers over time, following a mild skin injury, in five individuals.

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