The Human Microbiome Project: lessons from human genomics

Trends Microbiol. 2012 Jan;20(1):1-4. doi: 10.1016/j.tim.2011.10.004. Epub 2011 Nov 21.


The Human Microbiome Project (HMP) is following in the footsteps of the Human Genome Project (HGP), which will include exciting discoveries, but also potential disappointment and resentment over the lack of medical applications. There is a wiser path for the HMP. This path includes a greater attention to rare variation, an early commitment to an ethical inclusion of indigenous communities, and a recruitment strategy in which medical benefits are de-emphasized.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Genomics / methods*
  • Genomics / trends
  • Humans
  • Medicine / methods
  • Medicine / trends
  • Metagenome*