We don’t expect our customers to interpret the results themselves. The meta-transcriptomic data that we analyze is used not only to identify the name and type of the organisms and includes all of the genes that are expressed by the microbes and the pathways they are carrying out for different functions.
Remember, the name of the microbe by itself is less important than what the microbe is doing. Viome is the only company that is able to determine microbial function. Many microbes can perform the same function, and each microbe can perform multiple functions. Looking at the microbial community as a whole is necessary. There is no one-to-one correlation between specific microbes and any given dietary recommendation. Multiple microbes, multiple genes expressed, and multiple pathways are needed to carry out multiple functions. All of this is analyzed together with our artificial intelligence platform, and this information is used to generate your results & recommendations.