The influence of sex, handedness, and washing on the diversity of hand surface bacteria.


Bacteria thrive on and within the human body. One of the largest human-associated microbial habitats is the skin surface, which harbors large numbers of bacteria that can have important effects on health. We examined the palmar surfaces of the dominant and nondominant hands of 51 healthy young adult volunteers to characterize bacterial diversity on hands… (More)
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0807920105


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