The GUTCYCLES project is a collaboration between The University of Greenland, Ilisimatusarfik, and The University of Copenhagen.
The project is collecting fecal samples through 15 months to assess the annual cycle of the gut microbiome of residents from the Qaanaaq region of Greenland. Through these samples the project seeks to answer whether there is an annual cycle in the gut microbiome and whether the cycle correlates with periods of more and less intake of local versus imported foods.
The data will also be used to assess whether the gut microbiome is actively expressing genes for degradation of and resistance to certain contaminants known from the local foods.
Finally the project will be linked to data from the project "The Greenland Diet Revolution" to assess whether microbes from local fermented foods (kiviaq) are transferred to and persist in the gut microbiome.