Microbe management.

Author:Beasley, Sandra
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The body has only a few trillion human cells but contains 10 times as many microbes; over half the DNA found in our bodies is foreign. The National Institutes of Health is collecting and cataloging these resident microbes for a bacterial version of the Human Genome Project.

The Human Microbiome Project will sequence up to 600 genomes from cultured bacteria (grown in a test tube) and uncultured bacteria (sampled from nature), plus several nonbacterial microbes, to form a total reference collection of a thousand microbial genomes. The project will then move on to metagenomic analysis, a developing technology that examines complex microbial interactions at the body site. Scientists will investigate how communities of microbes ("microbiomes") affect developing human physiology...

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