2.1 Raw data for your microbiome
The most popular laboratory is the San Francisco startup uBiome,5 that originally began as crowdfunded campaign on Indiegogo6, but has since handled tens of thousands of samples from people like you who are curious to know more about their own microbiome. Order a kit online at the uBiome web site. We recommend the standard “Gut Kit” ($89). Be sure to use the offer code
PERSONALSCIENCE to get 15% off your order.
Just send them a sample and a few weeks later they give you access to a private web page that will show you a breakdown of the types of bacteria they found. Read Go Deeper for an in-depth guide for how to get the most of the uBiome web page.
For Personal Scientists, though, the best part about uBiome is the raw data, which you can easily download and export to our app. (see our instructions)
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. We’ll be adding Thryve support soon. Meanwhile, use the offer code
personalscience15 for 15% off your order.
Another crowdsourced testing service is American Gut..7 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.
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?
from September 2012↩