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The Human Microbiome


  • Over 1,300 reference strains isolated from the human body have been sequenced (this is still ongoing)
  • 300 healthy adults between the ages of 18 and 40 were sampled at five major body sites: oral cavity, nasal cavity, skin, gastrointestinal tract and urogenital tract; with a total of 15 or 18 specific body sites. Subjects were sampled at one to three visits, for a total of over 11,000 samples. See the Microbiome Analyses page for more details.
  • All raw and processed sequencing data for both reference and metagenomic strains are available through the HMPDACC Data Browser
  • The HMP Consortium published two landmark papers in the June 14, 2012 issue of Nature and a series of companion papers in several PLoS journals. These papers establish a foundation to catalyze and aid a myriad of studies ranging from basic to translational to clinical.

Nature Papers



Public Library of Science (PLOS) Papers