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Penn study details impact of antibiotics, antiseptics on skin microbiomes

20:00 EDT 19 Jun 2017 | AAAS

(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) The use of topical antibiotics can dramatically alter communities of bacteria that live on the skin, while the use of antiseptics has a much smaller, less durable impact. The study, conducted in mice in the laboratory of Elizabeth Grice, PhD, an assistant professor of Dermatology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, is the first to show the long-term effects of antimicrobial drugs on the skin microbiome.

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