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Monitoring bacteria on whale skin

19:00 EST 13 Feb 2018 | AAAS

(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) Just like with humans, the skin on marine mammals serves as an important line of defense against pathogens in their environment. A new study sheds light on the skin microbiome--a group of microorganisms that live on skin--in healthy humpback whales, which could aid in future efforts to monitor their health.

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