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News from the NIH Human Microbiome Project

The NIH Human Microbiome Project, initiated in 2008, is a five-year endeavor at capacity building and creating a community resource to support this emerging field. As a part of developing community resources, the HMP is announcing: 1) key findings on a very large study of the microbiomes of healthy human subjects, presented by Drs. Dirk Gevers (Broad Institute) and Curtis Huttenhower (Harvard School of Public Health) at the ASM2011 Late Breaking session May 24, 2011, 2) the release of over 70,000 16S reads and over 600 metagenomic assemblies from the microbiomes of 200 individuals and 3) the release of a metagenomics visualization tool, SitePainter, developed for human microbiome data by the Rob Knight lab (University of Colorado).

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