Wednesday, February 6, 2013

American Gut Crowdfunding Project Raises $340K

"In hopes of better understanding nutrition and health, the University of Colorado Boulder is playing the leading science role in a 'crowdfunding' effort that has raised more than $340,000 for a project designed to sequence the gut bacteria of thousands of people around the world.

Known as the American Gut project, the effort raised the money through a crowdfunding effort online in which collective groups of people pool money to support various initiatives, said CU-Boulder Associate Professor Rob Knight of the BioFrontiers Institute. The $340,477 raised for the American Gut project is the largest amount of money ever raised through crowdfunding for a science project, said Knight, who is co-leading the effort with Jeff Leach, founder of the Human Food Project."

Human bacteria sequencing project involving CU raises $340,000 online | University of Colorado Boulder: