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NIH expands Human Microbiome Project with $42 million funding boost
July 2009
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BETHESDA, Md.—The National Institutes of Health (NIH) last month awarded the Human Microbiome Project, a five-year research effort launched in 2007, more than $42 million to expand its exploration of how the trillions of microscopic organisms that live in or on our bodies affect human health. In the new round of funding, the Human Microbiome Project will support the work of the large-scale DNA sequencing centers that participated in the initial phase of the project to sequence at least 400 microbial genomes. Another approximately 500 microbial genomes are already completed or in sequencing pipelines and supported by individual NIH institutes and internationally funded projects. The data will then be used to characterize the microbial communities found in samples taken from the digestive tract, mouth, skin, nose and vagina.

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