Skin bacteria different in diabetic mice

In people with diabetes, wrong microbes on skin could make wounds slow to heal

By Tina Hesman Saey, 08:17 AM October 24, 2009

HONOLULU – Too much of the wrong type of skin bacteria may keep diabetics from healing, new research suggests.

People with diabetes have a notoriously hard time healing from skin wounds. New research on diabetic mice suggests that bacteria normally present on healthy skin may play a role in wound healing, says Elizabeth Grice, a researcher at the National Human Genome Research Institute in Bethesda, Md. Grice presented results of a study comparing bacterial diversity on the skin of diabetic...

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