NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Wellcome Trust has awarded £1.3 million ($2 million) to fund a researcher at the University of East Anglia and the Institute of Food Research who will seek to find out how bacteria that are beneficial to humans help protect against diseases in the early phases of life.

The New Investigator Award to Lindsay Hall, a lecturer at UEA and researcher at IFR, will fund efforts that will lean heavily on high-throughput sequencing tools to find out more about the microbial communities that colonize the human body soon after birth.

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