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Biodiversity? Try the Middle Forearm

Julia A. Segre and her colleagues are on an expedition of sorts, collecting information about the diversity of species in an ecosystem.

But Dr. Segre isn’t off trapping insects in the woods somewhere or scooping up samples of plankton on an ocean voyage. The species she and her colleagues are interested in are bacteria, and the ecosystem is much closer to home: human skin.
 
 

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