American Gut Project

Posted by: | June 26, 2014 | Comments

New public gut bacteria study expected to reach around the world

“In association with the Human Food Project, researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder along with researchers at other institutions around the world are launching a new open-access project known as “American Gut” in which participants can get involved in finding out what microbes are in their own guts and what they are doing in there.
The project builds on previous efforts, including the five-year, $173-million NIH-funded Human Microbiome Project, to characterize the microbes living in and on our bodies, said Associate Professor Rob Knight of CU-Boulder’s BioFrontiers Institute. But unlike other projects that have focused on carefully chosen test subjects with a few hundred people, this project allows the public to get involved and is encouraging tens of thousands of people to do so, Knight said.”

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Submit your own sample – or your dog’s – to the open-source, open-access “citizen science” study by following the directions described here. There are “sequencing packages” ranging from 99-25.000$ depending on how much information you want and how much you are willing to donate to the project.






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