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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institutes of Health has issued several new funding opportunities aimed at developing technologies for studying the genomes of microbial communities that inhabit the human body.
 
On Friday, NIH issued five requests for applications related to the Human Microbiome Project, which aims to understand the genomics of human microbiota and analyze its role in human health and disease.
 

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