NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Human Genome Research Institute has set aside $2 million in 2010 to fund the development of new technologies for obtaining samples of microbes from the human microbiota that are suitable for complete genome sequence analysis.

NHGRI's aim is to improve tools for obtaining individual microbial strains or isolates and to expand the number of reference microbial genome sequences that can be used in human microbiome studies.

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