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Our learning center.

Expanding our collective understanding of the human microbiome.

At this moment, two to six pounds of microbes are living in and on you.

This ecosystem of trillions of microbes is also known as your microbiome, which contains bacteria and other microorganisms that are both beneficial and detrimental to your health.

The mission of uBiome is to explore important research questions about the microbiome and develop accurate and reliable clinical tests based on the microbiome.

 

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About the microbiome

The human gut is home to trillions of microorganisms, which are collectively known as the microbiome. These microbes play a vital part in our gut health, supporting digestion and the synthesis of vitamins.

The human microbiome has a profound impact on our health. It has been correlated with a wide range of conditions, including obesity and Type 2 diabetes, as well as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

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Why the microbiome matters

Bacteria and other microorganisms carry out important work the body cannot do itself. Some species process dietary fiber, while others synthesize essential vitamins.

A balanced microbiome – the ecosystem of microorganisms living in and on your body – is important for good health. By sequencing the DNA of your gut microbes, our SmartGut test identifies specific pathogens associated with lifestyle choices and gut conditions, including Crohn’s Disease and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). With this information, you and your healthcare provider can take steps to rebalance your microbiome and improve your gut health.

Stay in touch with the world of the microbiome

Catch up on our weekly blog posts to learn more about the latest research on the microbiome, the science behind uBiome, and stories from citizen scientists in our community. Sign up for our newsletter, above, and never miss a post.

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April 4th

Seasonal Eating and the Microbiome

For millennia, humans have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship with our gut-dwelling microbes. In exchange for the food and shelter of living in our bodies, our microbiota evolved to help keep us healthy. Our friendly bacteria help us digest food, protect our intestines from invading pathogens, and send important signals to the […]

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April 2nd

TMA & Cardiovascular Wellness: The Gut-Heart Connection

It’s widely accepted that the consumption of red meat and full-fat dairy may affect your cardiovascular system. More recently, the role that your gut microbiome may be playing in the process has been analyzed to an interesting result. Recent research is finding that microbes in your gut may be playing […]

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March 22nd

L’Oréal Partnership To Advance New Research Into The Skin Microbiome

Last Friday, we announced a partnership with L’Oréal’s Technology Incubator, to continue help continueL’Oréal’s longtime research into the skin microbiome—the trillions of bacteria that live on, and provide an important barrier to, your skin. This collaboration bridges L’Oréal’s expertise in the science of skincare with uBiome’s leadership in microbiome research. […]

Science at uBiome

On the science page of the uBiome website, you can watch a video about gut bacteria, marvel at the expertise of the scientific and medical advisory boards, and explore the publications and patents of the uBiome scientific staff. Learn more about community outreach talks or peruse conferences and presentations. You’ll see that scientific credibility and uBiome go hand in hand.

Additional resources

These resources will help you learn more about our company, our SmartGut™ test, the groundbreaking science we are doing at uBiome, and how our work is advancing the field of microbial genomics.

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World-class science

With over 50 scientists working on the uBiome team from universities like UCSF, Stanford, Harvard, UCSD, Cambridge (UK) and Oxford (UK), with the collective experience of hundreds of years in the microbiome industry and over 300 scientific papers.

Learn more about our science

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CLIA-licensed and CAP-accredited laboratory in San Francisco

Your samples are in safe hands with us. Only around 3% of laboratories in the US have the level of accreditation achieved by the uBiome lab, which has been accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and has received a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certificate.

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Protecting your privacy

Your privacy is our top priority. To ensure the confidentiality of your data and your results, we use multiple layers of encryption and the highest levels of computer security. You control your data, and can choose whether or not you consent to having your data anonymized and aggregated into uBiome research studies.

FAQs

  • Probiotic Foods: The Good Bugs

    When you think of gut health, your mind may jump straight to the word “probiotic.” This isn’t surprising; a Google Trend Report indicated that consumer demand for probiotics has increased significantly since 2004.

    Additionally, since the mid-1990s, research has suggested that probiotics may “aid digestion and help maintain gut health.”

     

    What are probiotics?

    The World Health Organization defines probiotics as “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.”  

    According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, probiotics may help your body find the proper balance of microorganisms and “stabilize the digestive tract’s barriers against undesirable microorganisms.”

     

    Probiotic Foods

    Probiotics aren’t only available in supplement form. Many delicious foods are naturally full of probiotics!

    Yogurt, for example, is produced when a starter culture of bacteria – usually Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus –  is added to milk. The bacteria break down the lactose sugars into lactic acid.

    Pickling is a time tested technique for preserving vegetables and fruits. While pickling can involve immersing produce in vinegar to kill all the bacteria, a similar outcome can result from immersing produce in salted water for several weeks. In that briny environment, the Lactobacillus bacteria that naturally occurs on produce like cucumbers have a chance to produce lactic acid, which serves as a preservative.

    Another common category of probiotic-rich foods is fermented foods. Foods ferment when molds, yeasts, or bacteria produce enzymes that break down the food into smaller, simpler compounds. The fermented foods are often abundant in probiotic bacteria, such as Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, Pediococcus, and Weisella.

    Probiotic-rich foods include:

    • Yogurt
    • Pickles
    • Sauerkraut
    • Kimchi
    • Kombucha
    • Miso
    • Kvass
    • Cottage cheese
    • Many more!

     

    Curious if the probiotic bacteria in the food you’re eating is making its way to your gut?

    Explorer™ identifies microbes found in the most common probiotic foods and lets you see how your levels of these microbes compare to others who consume these foods.

     

    Use the code UNLEASH at checkout to get 50% off a Gut Explorer kit through the end of February 2019.

    If you’ve used Explorer and have a story to tell, we’d love to hear from you! Share your story on social tagging @ubiome and #UnleashYourExplorer. You’ll be entered for the chance to win 1 Gut Explorer kit each week during February and for the Grand Prize Drawing: a Gut Time Lapse set.*

    *All posts must tag @uBiome and use #UnleashYourExplorer to be counted as a valid entry. The first weekly contest will run Friday 2/1 to Thursday 2/14. Entries must be received by 11:59pm PST on Thursday 2/1. The Grand Prize contest will run Friday 2/1 – Thursday 2/28.  Entries must be received by 11:59 PST on Thursday 2/28 for the Grand Prize. Weekly winners will be announced at 10:00am PST on Friday 2/15. The Grand Prize winner will be announced by 10:00am PST on 3/1/2019.
  • Probiotic Foods: The Good Bugs

    When you think of gut health, your mind may jump straight to the word “probiotic.” This isn’t surprising; a Google Trend Report indicated that consumer demand for probiotics has increased significantly since 2004.

    Additionally, since the mid-1990s, research has suggested that probiotics may “aid digestion and help maintain gut health.”

     

    What are probiotics?

    The World Health Organization defines probiotics as “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.”  

    According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, probiotics may help your body find the proper balance of microorganisms and “stabilize the digestive tract’s barriers against undesirable microorganisms.”

     

    Probiotic Foods

    Probiotics aren’t only available in supplement form. Many delicious foods are naturally full of probiotics!

    Yogurt, for example, is produced when a starter culture of bacteria – usually Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus –  is added to milk. The bacteria break down the lactose sugars into lactic acid.

    Pickling is a time tested technique for preserving vegetables and fruits. While pickling can involve immersing produce in vinegar to kill all the bacteria, a similar outcome can result from immersing produce in salted water for several weeks. In that briny environment, the Lactobacillus bacteria that naturally occurs on produce like cucumbers have a chance to produce lactic acid, which serves as a preservative.

    Another common category of probiotic-rich foods is fermented foods. Foods ferment when molds, yeasts, or bacteria produce enzymes that break down the food into smaller, simpler compounds. The fermented foods are often abundant in probiotic bacteria, such as Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, Pediococcus, and Weisella.

    Probiotic-rich foods include:

    • Yogurt
    • Pickles
    • Sauerkraut
    • Kimchi
    • Kombucha
    • Miso
    • Kvass
    • Cottage cheese
    • Many more!

     

    Curious if the probiotic bacteria in the food you’re eating is making its way to your gut?

    Explorer™ identifies microbes found in the most common probiotic foods and lets you see how your levels of these microbes compare to others who consume these foods.

     

    Use the code UNLEASH at checkout to get 50% off a Gut Explorer kit through the end of February 2019.

    If you’ve used Explorer and have a story to tell, we’d love to hear from you! Share your story on social tagging @ubiome and #UnleashYourExplorer. You’ll be entered for the chance to win 1 Gut Explorer kit each week during February and for the Grand Prize Drawing: a Gut Time Lapse set.*

    *All posts must tag @uBiome and use #UnleashYourExplorer to be counted as a valid entry. The first weekly contest will run Friday 2/1 to Thursday 2/14. Entries must be received by 11:59pm PST on Thursday 2/1. The Grand Prize contest will run Friday 2/1 – Thursday 2/28.  Entries must be received by 11:59 PST on Thursday 2/28 for the Grand Prize. Weekly winners will be announced at 10:00am PST on Friday 2/15. The Grand Prize winner will be announced by 10:00am PST on 3/1/2019.
  • Probiotic Foods: The Good Bugs

    When you think of gut health, your mind may jump straight to the word “probiotic.” This isn’t surprising; a Google Trend Report indicated that consumer demand for probiotics has increased significantly since 2004.

    Additionally, since the mid-1990s, research has suggested that probiotics may “aid digestion and help maintain gut health.”

     

    What are probiotics?

    The World Health Organization defines probiotics as “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.”  

    According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, probiotics may help your body find the proper balance of microorganisms and “stabilize the digestive tract’s barriers against undesirable microorganisms.”

     

    Probiotic Foods

    Probiotics aren’t only available in supplement form. Many delicious foods are naturally full of probiotics!

    Yogurt, for example, is produced when a starter culture of bacteria – usually Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus –  is added to milk. The bacteria break down the lactose sugars into lactic acid.

    Pickling is a time tested technique for preserving vegetables and fruits. While pickling can involve immersing produce in vinegar to kill all the bacteria, a similar outcome can result from immersing produce in salted water for several weeks. In that briny environment, the Lactobacillus bacteria that naturally occurs on produce like cucumbers have a chance to produce lactic acid, which serves as a preservative.

    Another common category of probiotic-rich foods is fermented foods. Foods ferment when molds, yeasts, or bacteria produce enzymes that break down the food into smaller, simpler compounds. The fermented foods are often abundant in probiotic bacteria, such as Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, Pediococcus, and Weisella.

    Probiotic-rich foods include:

    • Yogurt
    • Pickles
    • Sauerkraut
    • Kimchi
    • Kombucha
    • Miso
    • Kvass
    • Cottage cheese
    • Many more!

     

    Curious if the probiotic bacteria in the food you’re eating is making its way to your gut?

    Explorer™ identifies microbes found in the most common probiotic foods and lets you see how your levels of these microbes compare to others who consume these foods.

     

    Use the code UNLEASH at checkout to get 50% off a Gut Explorer kit through the end of February 2019.

    If you’ve used Explorer and have a story to tell, we’d love to hear from you! Share your story on social tagging @ubiome and #UnleashYourExplorer. You’ll be entered for the chance to win 1 Gut Explorer kit each week during February and for the Grand Prize Drawing: a Gut Time Lapse set.*

    *All posts must tag @uBiome and use #UnleashYourExplorer to be counted as a valid entry. The first weekly contest will run Friday 2/1 to Thursday 2/14. Entries must be received by 11:59pm PST on Thursday 2/1. The Grand Prize contest will run Friday 2/1 – Thursday 2/28.  Entries must be received by 11:59 PST on Thursday 2/28 for the Grand Prize. Weekly winners will be announced at 10:00am PST on Friday 2/15. The Grand Prize winner will be announced by 10:00am PST on 3/1/2019.
  • Probiotic Foods: The Good Bugs

    When you think of gut health, your mind may jump straight to the word “probiotic.” This isn’t surprising; a Google Trend Report indicated that consumer demand for probiotics has increased significantly since 2004.

    Additionally, since the mid-1990s, research has suggested that probiotics may “aid digestion and help maintain gut health.”

     

    What are probiotics?

    The World Health Organization defines probiotics as “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.”  

    According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, probiotics may help your body find the proper balance of microorganisms and “stabilize the digestive tract’s barriers against undesirable microorganisms.”

     

    Probiotic Foods

    Probiotics aren’t only available in supplement form. Many delicious foods are naturally full of probiotics!

    Yogurt, for example, is produced when a starter culture of bacteria – usually Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus –  is added to milk. The bacteria break down the lactose sugars into lactic acid.

    Pickling is a time tested technique for preserving vegetables and fruits. While pickling can involve immersing produce in vinegar to kill all the bacteria, a similar outcome can result from immersing produce in salted water for several weeks. In that briny environment, the Lactobacillus bacteria that naturally occurs on produce like cucumbers have a chance to produce lactic acid, which serves as a preservative.

    Another common category of probiotic-rich foods is fermented foods. Foods ferment when molds, yeasts, or bacteria produce enzymes that break down the food into smaller, simpler compounds. The fermented foods are often abundant in probiotic bacteria, such as Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, Pediococcus, and Weisella.

    Probiotic-rich foods include:

    • Yogurt
    • Pickles
    • Sauerkraut
    • Kimchi
    • Kombucha
    • Miso
    • Kvass
    • Cottage cheese
    • Many more!

     

    Curious if the probiotic bacteria in the food you’re eating is making its way to your gut?

    Explorer™ identifies microbes found in the most common probiotic foods and lets you see how your levels of these microbes compare to others who consume these foods.

     

    Use the code UNLEASH at checkout to get 50% off a Gut Explorer kit through the end of February 2019.

    If you’ve used Explorer and have a story to tell, we’d love to hear from you! Share your story on social tagging @ubiome and #UnleashYourExplorer. You’ll be entered for the chance to win 1 Gut Explorer kit each week during February and for the Grand Prize Drawing: a Gut Time Lapse set.*

    *All posts must tag @uBiome and use #UnleashYourExplorer to be counted as a valid entry. The first weekly contest will run Friday 2/1 to Thursday 2/14. Entries must be received by 11:59pm PST on Thursday 2/1. The Grand Prize contest will run Friday 2/1 – Thursday 2/28.  Entries must be received by 11:59 PST on Thursday 2/28 for the Grand Prize. Weekly winners will be announced at 10:00am PST on Friday 2/15. The Grand Prize winner will be announced by 10:00am PST on 3/1/2019.