The Human Microbiome Project – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Microbes are tiny organisms.
Segre: Those are organisms that you typically can only see if you look under a microscope.
Narrator: Dr. Julia Segre at the National Human Genome Research Institute explains that microbes—including bacteria—live everywhere.
Segre: What’s amazing there is that if you sample soil or water, you’ll find about 100 different bacterial phylum; only about seven or eight can live in and on the human.
Narrator: Segre says that researchers are taking advantage of new technology to better understand the entire microbiome which is the DNA of all those tiny organisms. Learn more about the Human Microbiome Project at the website: nihroadmap.nih.gov/hmp. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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