Genetic Makeup of Acne Revealed

Scientists recently discovered the genome sequence of the acne bacterium Propionibacterium acnes which has revealed thousands of genes that give the organism the potential to cause skin disease. Acne is a common problem affecting more than 80 percent of U.S. teens. For a long time, experts believed if a large number of bacteria were present, that would trigger the inflammation and immune response associated with acne. New data revealed the bacterium can produce proteins that actively...

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