Tracking and Interpreting Microbiome Results Across the Globe
The mission of The Microsetta Initiative (TMI) is to collect microbiome samples and rich phenotypic data spanning the world's populations, and to couple these collections with educational outreach about microbiome science.
As TMI is part of the Earth Microbiome Project, these data will be open access. This effort will assist researchers in understanding how to translate microbiome results between populations.
To participate from North America, or Australia, please contribute through the American Gut Fundrazr campaign.
To participate from the United Kingdom, please contribute through the British Gut Fundrazr page.
The microbiome varies substantially between populations.
The role of the microbiome in human health is getting well recognized. However, understanding when a microbiome is deviating, or what a healthy microbiome is, ultimately requires a reference frame.
Large scale efforts such as UC San Diego’s American Gut Project, now part of the Microsetta Initiative, have helped to start providing a baseline to the type of microbial configurations associated with humans by collecting samples from over 18,000 people. The variation within and between populations is as expected huge.