The Human Microbiome Project website is an amazing resource of information on the newest research that is occurring in the field with a holistic approach to the interaction between the human genome and the genome of the millions of bacteria that live on and within us. I particularly liked the BBC interview as an overview and then reviewed the many studies that are ongoing as part of the NIH funded project. Practically, the research is designed to understand the role of microorganisms with diseases such as obesity, heart disease, colitis, Alzheimer’s Diabetes and more. I was amazed at the number of microbacteria that coexist with humans. I tended to think of the gastrointestinal tract with probiotics but the authors pointed out that the study was limited to the five key areas – nasal, oral, gastrointestinal, urogenital and skin. The BBC interview would likely be of interest to health care professionals and the interested lay public and the remainder of the information on the website is designed for the health care professional.
The Human Microbiome Project is funded by the NIH Common Fund “with the mission of generating resources enabling comprehensive characterization of the human microbiota and analysis of its role in human health and disease.”
Human Microbiome Project. Retrieved June 3, 2011, from https://commonfund.nih.gov/hmp/