Awhile ago I supported an Indiegogo project called ubiome. It’s a company that allows people to have their microbiome sequenced. The microbiome has often been referred to as the body’s second genome. It’s the bacteria that lives on and within our bodies. Although we generally think of bacteria as being problematic, there many types of ‘good’ bacteria that are essential to our bodies functioning.
The practical use of a service like this is probably a long way off, but I consented to participate in the research conducted by ubiome to help contribute to the body of knowledge about the microbiome. One of the cool things about the microbiome is that it can change over time which means that as we understand it better people can develop new interventions that target a wide array of medical conditions. The microbiome may be an important avenue for research is psychiatric disorders as well.
I love things in the category of science toys that let me access information that is typically outside of my reach so I ordered some kits form ubiome. Today I got access to the beta form of my results.
I’m pretty excited so I figured I’d share.
Here’s some information about my mouth sample
This is one of my 3 gut samples
One of my gut samples broken into categories of bacteria compared to other samples in the database.
I’m very excited to get access to these data and am looking forward to seeing the ubiome site in the full version.