"The researchers found that a single type of fungus, belonging to the genus Malassezia, is predominant on the head and trunk. Hands, which harbor a great diversity of bacteria, are home for relatively few types of fungi. In contrast, feet, including toenails, heels and toe webs contain tremendous diversity.

"Applying DNA sequencing to a study of the skin's fungi is the natural progression in understanding microbial life that co-exists on our bodies," said NHGRI Scientific Director Daniel Kastner, M.D., Ph.D. "Along with recent genome sequencing to define bacterial diversity, this analysis of fungal diversity provides a more complete human microbiome picture."

"Fungal communities occupy complex niches, even on the human body," said Heidi Kong, M.D., co-senior author and an investigator in the dermatology branch of NCI's Center for Cancer Research. "By gaining a more complete awareness of the fungal and bacterial ecosystems, we can better address associated skin diseases, including skin conditions which can be related to cancer treatments.""


Is there another reference for this research please?


The link is given at bottom of the article that you linked to. It's a Nature paper so you need to have access rights.

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  • $\begingroup$ Just a tip, links of the form dx.doi.org/whatever tend to link to academic articles. $\endgroup$ – Chinmay Kanchi May 23 '13 at 15:54
  • $\begingroup$ @ChinmayKanchi I can't access that link. $\endgroup$ – rusticmystic Jun 25 '13 at 10:27
  • $\begingroup$ The doi-based link looks like this: dx.doi.org/doi:10.1038/nature12171 $\endgroup$ – Alan Boyd Jun 25 '13 at 13:57
  • $\begingroup$ Hi @AlanBoyd, how are you doing? thanks for your reference. $\endgroup$ – rusticmystic Jun 25 '13 at 15:47

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