15.02.2012 - Natural Sciences Sector

UNESCO supports the International Human Microbiome Congress 2012

Event on genetic research of human‐associated microorganisms.


Human microbiome research has become one of the most exciting fields in biology, generating fascinating insights into the relations of microbes and man and the effects of our microbes on our health and well-being.

Humans live in constant association with microbes. The number of microbes that are present on surfaces and in cavities of our body largely exceeds that of our own cells and the number of genes they encode largely exceeds that of our own genes. This complex and dynamic microbiota has a profound influence on human physiology and nutrition. Defining this dynamic diversity represents the next frontier of genomics. The ensemble of the genomes of human‐associated microorganisms represents the human metagenome. A detailed understanding of human biology will require not only knowledge of the human genome but also of the human microbial metagenome.

World leading scientists will discuss the new findings, their impacts and the future trends in this exciting field of research at the next International Human Microbiome Congress, organized by the European consortium MetaHIT and placed under the patronage of UNESCO. This important event will take place in Paris, March 19-21, 2012 at the Palais Brongniart.

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