Society Letters

Sign-on Letter Supporting Microbiome Research

July 10, 2019

"On behalf of the undersigned organizations committed to advancing scientific research on the microbiome, we respectfully request that the Senate Appropriations Committee match the $10 million provided for microbiome research initiatives in the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Energy and Water appropriations bill passed by the House as part of H.R. 2740. Specifically, these funds would support the continued development and operation of the National Microbiome Data Collective (NMDC), which was launched with an initial $10 million appropriation in FY 2019.

Understanding of the microbiome has evolved significantly since the concept of the human microbiome emerged roughly two decades ago. Today it is understood that microbial communities exist on, in, and around people, plants, animals, soil, oceans, and the atmosphere, making the microbiome relevant to almost everything. The rapid pace of discovery has led to greater technology needs and data sharing infrastructure."

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