5.1 Raw data for your microbiome

5.1.1 uBiome

Until October 2019, the most popular laboratory was the San Francisco startup uBiome,127 that originally began as crowdfunded campaign on Indiegogo128, but has since handled tens of thousands of samples from people like you who are curious to know more about their own microbiome.

uBiome’s assets were sold to Psomagen, the US subsidiary of a genomics sequencing company. Psomagen sells gut testing kits: Gene and Gut Biome ($99 for the same 16S-style testing as uBiome) and GutBiome+ ($129) a metagenomic test that will describe your microbes down to the species level.

5.1.2 Thryve

Founded after CEO Richard Lin became frustrated at the lack of actionable microbiome insights to cure his own recurrent gut issues, ThryveInside.com is another gut microbiome test that offers full raw downloads for your data. Use our offer code personalscience15 for 15% off your order.

5.1.3 American Gut

Another citizen science-based testing service is American Gut..129

5.1.4 Other

Other companies will sequence your microbiome as well, including DayTwo and Viome. Stay tuned to our site for information about when we can support the raw data from other sites.

Check Lab tests compared to see how much the different results are comparable.


So you tested your microbiome and now you want to know what it all means. Later we’ll go into much more detail about the sampling process itself: differences between labs, how to get the best sample, how long it will take, etc. but let’s start by assuming you’ve gone through all that. What will you learn?


  1. from September 2012↩︎

  2. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ubiome-sequencing-your-microbiome↩︎

  3. which dates from November 2012 If you’re interested in studying raw data, please see this detailed post by a bioinformatician: https://cdwscience.blogspot.com/2013/10/open-source-analysis-of-my-raw-american.html↩︎