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Cell. 2014 Oct 9;159(2):227-30. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2014.09.022.

Advancing the microbiome research community.

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1
Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA; Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA.
2
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309, USA; BioFrontiers Institute, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309, USA; HHMI, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309, USA.
3
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA.
4
Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, USA; Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439, USA.
5
Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY 10029, USA; Immunology Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY 10029, USA.
6
BioFrontiers Institute, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309, USA.
7
Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA.
8
Department of Biology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182, USA.
9
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA; Biotechnology Institute, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN 55108, USA.
10
Department of Microbiology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA.
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Institute for Genome Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA.
12
Institute for Genome Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA; Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA.
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Institute for Genome Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA; Center for Health-Related Informatics and Bioimaging, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA. Electronic address: owhite@som.umaryland.edu.

Abstract

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.

PMID:
25303518
PMCID:
PMC4221798
DOI:
10.1016/j.cell.2014.09.022
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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