The Gut Intelligence™ test looks at the gut microbiome transcriptome - in other words, we sequence the transcriptome (all of the RNA molecules) of the organisms in your sample, down to the strain level (and including viruses, bacteria, yeast, fungi, bacteriophages, parasites, etc.). Different from other tests, we don't look for particular things, but we identify what is active over a meaningful threshold. Any organisms that are dead or dormant are not shown in our results. Our test prioritizes knowing whether something is active over knowing if it is present.
Our method detects transcripts (RNAs) produced by the microbial community. We are able to see down to one in a million transcripts. We cannot detect microbes that contribute fewer than one in a 1,000,000 specific transcripts. In addition, Viome only sees active microbes in your gut. If other microbes are there, but are not active, we will not pick up their RNA. By logging into the app (iOS, Android, or web-based), you can see your microbes divided into groups of Archaea, Bacteria, Eukaryotes and Viruses.
Conducting the Gut Intelligence™ test is easy - all we need from you is a stool sample. All materials needed for collection, as well as detailed instructions, are sent to your home along with your kit.