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Baylor to Use $2.3M from NHGRI for Human Bacteria Metagenomics Study

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Baylor College of Medicine will use $2.3 million from the National Human Genome Research Institute to study the genomics of the bacterial colonies that live in the human body, BCM said today.
The funding, which NHGRI is granting under its Human Microbiome Project, will fund BCM's microbiome projects that, taken together, aim to produce reference sequences for 150 bacteria and to sample microbial communities from the gut, vagina, skin, mouth, and nose, BCM said.
HGSC Co-director George Weinstock said that the bacterial genes within humans make up a metagenome containing millions of bacterial genes.
"We want to do the DNA sequencing on the community itself," Weinstock said.
Weinstock also said the project will allow for opportunities for treatments and therapies "that are either preventive or reactive to disease."

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