3-D Human Skin Map Created by UC San Diego Researchers

by Tyler O'Neal, 3 years ago

VIDEO: Researchers led by Pieter Dorrestein, PhD, at the University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences used information collected from hundreds of skin swabs to produce three-dimensional maps of molecular and microbial variations across the body. These maps provide a baseline for future studies of the interplay between the molecules that make up our skin, the microbes that live on us, our personal hygiene routines and other environmental factors. The study, published March 30, 2015 by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may help further our understanding of the skin's role in human health and disease.


Credit for 3D mapping and video: Theodore Alexandrov; Credit for data collection: Christopher Rath