FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the American Gut Project?
Co-founded by Rob Knight and Jeff Leach, the American Gut Project is a crowd-sourced, open source citizen science project aiming to characterize the human microbiome. The human microbiome is all the bacteria living in and on your body. Did you know that microbial cells outnumber the cells that make up our body 10 to 1? That’s a lot of organisms living alongside us that are still largely a mystery. The microbiome differs from person to person, and within each person different locations on the body have their own distinct microbial communities. This creates a lot of variation, which means a lot of data is needed in order to effectively study the microbiome. This is where you come in! Anyone and everyone is eligible to sign up for the project. All of the microbial sequencing data and health and lifestyle information that we collect are made public through the European Bioinformatics Institute, enabling researchers from all over the world to ask groundbreaking questions using the American Gut dataset.
How are my data protected?
Why is this important?
How can I participate in the project?
I live outside of the U.S. Can I still participate?
“Will I receive anything in return for participating?
How do you process the American Gut data?
I am a teacher at a school or university. Can I get my class involved?