Gene find hope for acne sufferers

by Jon Henshaw

BBC News reports:

Scientists have cracked the genetic code of a bacterium involved in acne, an advance they say could lead to new treatments.

The German team from Georg-August University in Gottingen found genes that help the bacterium attack and destroy components of human skin.

Others were involved in triggering inflammation.

Knowing how the bacterium causes acne could offer new avenues of drug research, say the authors in Science.

The common skin problem affects up to 80% of young adults, but can affect older people too.

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