The Human Microbiome Project – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Within the body of a healthy adult, it is estimated that the cells of microbes outnumber human cells ten to one. But these microscopic organisms remain largely unstudied: it is almost entirely unknown what influence they have on human development, physiology, immunity, and nutrition. Dr. Julia Segre at the National Human Genome Research Institute explains that now a project is under way to better understand the entire microbiome.
Segre: The definition of the microbiome is the DNA of all of the small organisms that live in and on our body.
Narrator: Called the Human Microbiome Project, it takes advantage of recent technological advances. Learn more 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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