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A Vital Part of
Our Gut Health

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.

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Do you know which bacteria are living in your gut? Find out about the bacteria that make up your microbiome, and how they affect your well-being.

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About the 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 only way to identify these microorganisms was to culture them individually in laboratories, a slow and tedious process. But now, with precision DNA sequencing™ technologies, scientists can rapidly and systematically identify specific bacteria with unprecedented accuracy.

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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 doctor can take steps to rebalance your microbiome and improve your gut health.

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The WWII Codebreaker Who’s Helping Us Make Meaning of Our Microbes

Lone Soldier

12 July

Imagine our delight when we recently learned that one of Britain’s 1940s Bletchley Park codebreakers was also responsible for developing a measure of diversity known as Simpson’s Diversity Index.

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Roast Porcupine and Giant Broiled Guinea-Pig on the Hoof

Wombats Sign

7 July

What happens to your microbiome if you eat the diet of the world’s most ancient hunter-gatherers? This week, we dive deep into a two-part BBC radio show, the first episode of which was transmitted just this Monday.

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You probably keep your ID in your wallet. But where do meerkats keep theirs?

White House

30 June

A meerkat is neither a cat, nor is it in any sense mere. Or even meer. They can be unexpectedly aggressive, especially towards guests, and they also have a vicious bite. There’s something much worse than this, though, and it’s bacterial.

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