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Microorganisms that inhabit our bodies could trigger some diseases: researchers

Did you know that our bodies are home to trillions — yes, trillions — of microorganisms that play a role both in keeping us healthy and making us sick?

Taken together, these teeming communities of bacteria, viruses and fungi make up what's known as our microbiome, and probing its secrets has become a red-hot area of medical research in recent years.

On Thursday, the country's scientific funding agency, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and several partners announced a $16-million investment for seven projects to see what role these microbes might play in a number of key diseases.

Among the researchers receiving a five-year grant is David Guttman of the University of Toronto, whose team is studying how the bacterial, viral and fungal constituents of people with cystic fibrosis change as the disease progresses.

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