NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Two groups of researchers have called for more and better-coordinated microbiome research.

A US-based team of 17 researchers has established a Unified Microbiome Initiative to help direct the development and refinement of tools to understand and utilizethe Earth's microbiome. Similarly, a trio of researchers from the US, Europe, and China has proposed that an International Microbiome Initiative be established to coordinate funding, research, standards, and more across national borders.

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