The Human Microbiome Project – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Scientists appreciate that a lot of the functions of a human body are actually carried out by small organisms called microbes. Digestion is one example. Dr. Julia Segre at the National Human Genome Research Institute says now researchers are investigating not only human DNA, but also the DNA of all those microbes that live in and on us.
Segre: We have to think about it with this layer of complexity that it is a community of organisms that are together creating this potential that could vastly exceed our own human cells.
Narrator: 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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