The human microbiome has become a recognized factor in promoting and maintaining health. We outline opportunities in interdisciplinary research, analytical rigor, standardization, and policy development for this relatively new and rapidly developing field. Advances in these aspects of the research community may in turn advance our understanding of human microbiome biology.
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The Scientists for Advancing Microbiome Research is a group of more than 100 concerned scientists with common interests in training, standardized methodologies, and rational policy development (see http://microbiomescientists.org/ ). We thank all members of the Human Microbiome Consortium, International Human Microbiome Consortium, International Nucleotide Sequence Databases, the Genome Standards Consortium, and the NIH Office of the Director Roadmap Initiative. This activity was supported in part by National Institutes of Health grants U01HG004866 (O.W.), R01HG005969, and U54DE023798 (C.H.); U54HG003067 (D.G.) and U19AI08404; UH2AI083264, RO1AI089878, RO1GM103604, and RO1NR014826 (J.R.); the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (R.K.); and by Army Research Office grant W911NF-11-1-0473 (C.H.). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH or other funding institutions.
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