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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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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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100 Years Later: The Lone German Soldier Whose Poop Fights on

Lone Soldier

10 February

Why we shouldn’t always treat E. coli as the enemy. This week, we’re going back in time. Precisely 100 years back, as a matter of fact, to bring you the fascinating story of a remarkable strain of bacteria that was first isolated on a World War I battlefield

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Humans May Work in Cubes but Only Wombats Poop Them

Wombats Sign

2 February

The peculiar world of oddly-shaped animal droppings.
We have our wise Science Editor, Elisabeth Bik, to thank for pointing out that the wombat is the only creature in the world to produce cubic poop.

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Microbes in the Mansion: US Presidents and their Bacteria

White House

23 January

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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