By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institutes of Health today announced it has awarded about $42 million in new funds in connection with the Human Microbiome Project.

The new funding seeks to expand the scope of eight demonstration projects to link changes in the human microbiome to health and disease, and to support the development of new technologies for the identification and characterization of microbial communities in the human microbiome.

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