The Human Microbiome Project
… And the Intramural Connection
There are 10 times as many bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa–collectively known as the microbiome–living on and inside the human body as there are human cells. Although scientists have been aware of the microbiome for more than 30 years, they knew little about its diversity and role in human health and disease. On December 19, 2007, the NIH launched the Human Microbiome Project (HMP), a two-phased, eight-year, $194 million initiative to support such an effort. The Intramural Research Program has been involved since the get-go and continues to participate.
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