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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 advanced 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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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.


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.

The Bony-Eared Assfish, Filthy Hairbrushes, and the Poop Emoji 

29 December

A look back at some of uBiome’s most popular 2016 posts. Happy New Year! As we look toward 2017, we thought it would be fun to look back at some of our most favorited posts from 2016. 

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Winter Sale!

21 December

‘Tis the season to be jolly full of microbes! Trillions of them, to be exact. 
Discover all the bacteria living in your mouth, nose, skin, genital AND gut microbiomes this winter.

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We’re Dreaming of a Brown Christmas

12 December

Celebrate the holiday season with a flurry of festive feces factoids. Given that it’s the week before Christmas and Hanukkah, we wondered whether we should use our newsletter to give you a refresher ...

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