NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Researchers studying the microbes that live on and inside the human body will receive $42 million in new grants from the National Institutes of Health to fund the Human Microbiome Project, NIH said today.

These new grants will continue the five-year, $140 million project, launched in 2007, which aims to develop a resource for scientists interested in the human microbiome by conducting metagenomic, DNA analysis, and other studies.

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