NIH to Study Ethics and Implications of Human Microbiome Studies
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institutes of Health plans to address the ethical, legal, and social implications of the Human Microbiome Project in a similar way as it did the Human Genome Project, and this week said that it will fund roughly three awards with up to $250,000 per year over three years.
NIH expects that the studies, which it will fund under its Roadmap Program, will identify and begin a deliberation on the complex issues that the microbiome project may generate as researchers continue to sequence and conduct metagenomic analysis on the various microbes that inhabit human bodies.
Applicants may apply for a maximum of $750,000 over the three-year project period, and it expects that the sizes and duration of the awards will vary.
NIH said in a request for applications that there are a number of questions about human microbiome research that the scientists could aim to investigate, including:
More information about the program is available here.