13th June 2012. The Human Microbiome Project reports first results on the bacterial constitution of 242 healthy adults sampled over 15-18 body parts up to three times. Framework results can be viewed here* (full-text) alongside what they found results here** and represent a bit of a milestone in our beginning to understanding how the trillions of bacteria which inhabit the human body, either in it or on it, play an important role in our lives.
I have to say that I am pretty excited about these papers and the other results published which can all be found at the PLoS Collections site (here). There is a massive of amount of material to go through which I want to talk about in future posts. For now, browse through a moment in scientific history.
* The Human Microbiome Project Consortium. A framework for human microbiome research. Nature. June 2012
** The Human Microbiome Project Consortium. Structure, function and diversity of the healthy human microbiome. Nature. June 2012