Genome of bacteria deciphered, pointing way to treatment By Carolyn Johnson, Globe Correspondent *|* July 30, 2004 "Unsightly acne pimples are the product of hardy bacteria that are genetically programmed to degrade human skin, according to a study published today. Researchers deciphered the genome of the bacteria primarily responsible for acne. The finding, published in today's issue of the journal Science, brings researchers a step closer to understanding why acne strikes some people and not others, and how to most effectively treat it." Finding the cause will be a real boost to patients that are suffering. It's like finding that there is a bacteria that causes stomach ulcers.