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What does the CMR do?

The UMass Center for Microbiome Research was created with support from the University of Massachusetts President’s Science and Technology Initiatives Fund to accelerate our understanding of how the microbes that live in and on us influence our lives, our health and our environment.

Our mission is to promote innovative and collaborative research, translate discoveries to practice, and inform our community about what microbiome research is discovering.

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What is a Microbiome?

The microorganisms - and their genes -  that inhabit a particular environment is a microbiome. The microorganisms that live and on us are called the human microbiome. Our gut contains trillions of bacteria that have profound influences on immune development, health, and disease.  

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