NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – More than a dozen studies appearing in Nature and Public Library of Science journals this week are offering a look at results from the Human Microbiome Project, a five-year-long, National Institutes of Health-led effort to characterize the microbes found in and on the human body.

"We should … view these publications as sort of the initial analyses of this very large dataset," National Human Genome Research Institute Director Eric Green said during a telephone press briefing today.

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