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What is a Gut Intelligence™ test? What do I need to do?

Viome’s Gut Intelligence™ test looks at all RNA molecules from all of the organisms present in your stool sample. An RNA molecule is a copy of a gene that is being expressed and is referred to as a transcript. These RNA molecules make up what is called the gut microbiome transcriptome.

We sequence the RNA molecules or transcriptome of your gut microbes. The subsequent analysis of these RNA molecules allows us to identify all active organisms down to the strain level, including viruses, bacteria, yeast, fungi, bacteriophages, parasites, etc. We can also identify what genes are being expressed and map them to specific pathways that tell us what your microbes are doing. We can see what foods they are breaking down and what they are making, including things like vitamins, amino acids and even energy.

An advantage of analyzing RNA is that we can identify only the active microbes that are living in your gut ecosystem. The ones that are breaking down your food, producing beneficial or harmful products, and interacting with your immune and nervous system as well as each other. We will not identify the microbes that may be passing through from your food supply and not contributing to the activity or you gut ecosystem. Conducting the Gut Intelligence™ test is easy.

All you need to do is collect a small sample of your stool using the easy-to-use at-home collection kit. We provide everything you need, including detailed instructions and prepaid shipping back to our lab. You can answer the questionnaires either in your app or on the web portal.

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I just sent my sample back to Viome. How long will it take to get my results and recommendations?

Viome's results and recommendations are normally released within 2-3 weeks of receiving your sample and completed questionnaires. However, in some circumstances, there may be a wait time of 6-8 weeks. Processing times vary on a case-by-case basis.

You can check to see if we've received your sample by going to "Sample Tracking" in your Viome account and checking the tracker for the status!

To learn more about your questionnaires, 
visit this article. Still have questions? Contact us and we'll be happy to help!

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I think I messed up collecting my sample. What should I do?

If you experienced any trouble collecting your sample, please go ahead and discard your sample and collection materials.

click here to contact us so that we can get new collection materials sent to you!

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How do I complete the Gut Intelligence test?

Follow these instructions to complete your Gut Intelligence Test. We’ll use your sample to determine your personalized food recommendations. Important: Viome will not be able to analyze your sample if it is collected incorrectly.

    1. Get Ready

  • Use the tape measure to take your waist and hip measurements. You will be asked to enter this information into the app in the Questionnaires section.
  • There are two stool collection papers of different sizes. Use the one that best fits your toilet.
  • Attach the stool collection paper to your toilet by lifting the toilet seat and adhering it to the top edge of the bowl.
  • Ensure that the collection paper sags slightly.
  • Carefully deposit your stool onto the paper.

    2. Collect

  • Uncap the brown-capped tube (be careful not to spill the solution inside).
  • Use the attached scoop to transfer ONE small scoop (NOT heaping) of your stool to the brown cap tube and close the tube tightly. Overloading the tube will cause problems with the analysis.
  • Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Allow the tube to rest for 30 seconds. Repeat this shake/rest steps 2 more times.

    3. Ship

  • Place the brown-capped tube in the Rigid Safetybag, and seal the bag.
  • Place the Rigid Safetybag inside the grey return envelope with the certificate of nonbiological material. There is a completed CN22 form on the outside of the grey return envelope.
  • Store at room temperature and ship no later than the next business day.
  • For international shipping instructions, visit

    4. Register Your Kit at

  • We cannot process your sample if you do not register your kit and complete the questionnaires.
  • You can find your unique kit ID (a 12-digit barcode) on the side of the silver box.
  • Just in case you need it for future reference, please write down your 12-digit kit ID for your records.

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Wie schließe ich den Gut Intelligence Test ab?

Befolgen Sie diese Anweisungen, um den Gut Intelligence-Test abzuschließen. Wir werden Ihre Probe verwenden, um Ihre personalisierten Lebensmittelempfehlungen zu ermitteln.

Wichtig: Viome kann Ihre Probe nicht analysieren, wenn sie falsch gesammelt wurde.

    1. Machen Sie sich bereit

  • Verwenden Sie das Maßband zur Messung Ihrer Taille und Hüfte vor. Sie werden aufgefordert, diese Informationen in die App im Bereich Fragebögen einzugeben.
  • Es gibt zwei Hocker-Sammelpapiere unterschiedlicher Größe. Verwenden Sie diejenige, die am besten zu Ihrer Toilette passt.
  • Befestigen Sie das Hocker-Sammlungspapier an Ihrer Toilette, indem Sie den Toilettensitz anheben und an der oberen Kante der Schüssel ankleben.
  • Stellen Sie sicher, dass das Sammlungspapier leicht sackt.
  • Legen Sie Ihren Hocker vorsichtig auf das Papier.

    2. Sammeln

  • Öffnen Sie das braune Kappenrohr (achten Sie darauf, dass die Lösung nicht im Inneren verschüttet wird).
  • Verwenden Sie den beiliegenden Löffel, um einen kleinen (NICHT gehäuften) Löffel Ihres Hockers in das braune Röhrchen zu füllen und das Röhrchen fest zu schließen. Das Überladen des Rohrs führt zu Problemen bei der Analyse.
  • 30 Sekunden kräftig schütteln. Lassen Sie das Röhrchen 30 Sekunden ruhen. Wiederholen Sie diese Shake / Rest-Schritte noch zweimal.

    3. Versenden

  • Legen Sie das braune Kappenrohr in die starre Sicherheitstasche und verschließen Sie die Tasche.
  • Legen Sie den Rigid Safetybag mit dem Zertifikat für nicht biologisches Material in den grauen Rückumschlag. Auf der Außenseite des grauen Rückumschlags befindet sich ein ausgefülltes CN22-Formular.
  • Bei Raumtemperatur lagern und spätestens am nächsten Arbeitstag versenden.
  • Anweisungen zum internationalen Versand finden Sie unter

    4. Registrieren Sie Ihr Kit unter

  • Wir können Ihre Probe nichtwenn Sie Ihr Kit nicht registrieren und beantworten den Fragebogen.
  • Sie finden Ihre eindeutige Kit-ID (einen 12-stelligen Barcode) auf der Seite der Silberbox.
  • Für den Fall, dass Sie sie zur späteren Verwendung benötigen, notieren Sie sich bitte Ihre 12-stellige Kit-ID für Ihre Unterlagen.

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Can I flush the collection paper?

The collection paper is flushable for most plumbing systems. We recommend allowing it to soak for at least one full minute before flushing. This gives the paper a chance to soften.

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