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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?

Once we receive your sample and all of your questionnaire responses, it takes 3-4 weeks to produce your results and recommendations.

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 see if your questionnaires are completed, log in to the website or the mobile app and visit the "Complete Questionnaires" section. From there, you should be able to see if each of the six questionnaires is finished. Viome questionnaires include the following:

  • Personal
  • General
  • Willingness
  • Symptoms
  • Lifestyle
  • Nutrition

Each section should have a green check-mark underneath the title if the questionnaire is complete. 

For any questionnaires without a green check mark, click on the questionnaire, answer all questions, and then click the blue "Submit" button at the bottom of the page.

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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I misplaced my Viome kit instruction cards. Where can I find copies of the instructions?

Instruction cards for collecting your Gut Intelligence sample are below:

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Can I flush the collection paper?

The collection paper is flushable. 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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