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Personalized, Evolutionary, and Ecological Dermatology

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The Evolution of Human Skin and the Thousands of Species It Sustains, with Ten Hypothesis of Relevance to Doctors

  • Robert R. DunnAffiliated withDepartment of Applied Ecology and Keck Center for Behavioral Biology, North Carolina State UniversityCenter for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen Email author 

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Abstract

The entire skin is covered in microscopic life. The composition of this life—which species are present—has great importance for many aspects of dermatology. Little about this composition makes sense, except in light of evolution.

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