Human Microbiome Project (E)

Human microbiome is the aggregate collection of the microbiota ,bacteria, fungi archaea, protists and viruses, that resides in the human body, including the skin, mammary glands, placenta, seminal fluid, uterus, ovarian follicles, lungs, saliva, mucosa, conjunctiva and the gastrointestinal tract. With the aim of uncovering its link to diseases, India has launched a project named Human Microbiome Project (HMP). This Union government-funded, Rs150 crore project was initiated in 2019 by the Department of Biotechnology. The Human Microbiome Project (HMP) will map trillions upon trillions of microbes — bacteria, fungi, viruses, archaea — that are found in Indians. On their skin. In the dark depths of their guts. Swarming on every inch of their body. The ambitious project aims, at the end of it, to generate the baseline microbiome data of Indians. It will enable tracing trillions of microbes found in Indians, particularly on their skin. This study is being led by Pune’s National Centre for Microbial Resource (NCMR), which is a part of the National Centre for Cell Science.

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