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Why have the organisms changed? Why can I not see old organisms?


Your organisms may change over time because the scientific community reclassifies organisms as more information is gathered about that microbe. Organisms you once had are likely still there, but have undergone a name change. You may even find have more organisms listed than before.

This is because some organisms, when they are reclassified, may be separated into multiple species and strains. We are now looking at 6 times more genomes today than our previous database, and thus our analysis has a more precise identification of active microbes.

Keepin mind that your recommendations are based on what the microbes are doing, rather than on their names. Your recommendations will still be accurate!


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Will my recommendations change now that my organisms have changed?


It depends.

An organism that changes names may retain the same functionality. Other times, it may also mean there's new information about an organism and its function. Whenever new information translates into actionable recommendations, Viome will pass those along to you!

Essentially, Viome’s recommendations are based on what the active microbes in your gut are doing, not what they are named.

Your recommendations will always be based on the most up-to-date knowledge of your microbiome. You can be assured that you’ll always receive the most current analysis and insights to guide your recommendations.


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Are my previous results and recommendations incorrect?


The results are recommendations you originally received are not wrong. Updates to the names of organisms happen frequently as the scientific community discovers more about them.

This is a good thing! Changing names means the classification of the organism is getting that much more specific. This might mean that new facts have emerged that were previously unknown about the bug. Changed names might also mean that organisms that were previously thought to be one organism were actually multiple species and strains.

Just remember, changing the name of the organism does not necessarily change its known function. Updated names imply a deeper understanding of microbial functions, and that translates into more specific recommendations for you!


Similarly, you may see your scores change. You should not compare the old scores to the new scores. Your old scores were correct based on the knowledge in our database at the time. But, as our database evolves and more information is gathered about all organisms, new scores are generated to incorporate the latest information. The new scores are more in-depth.

Scores are calculated by analyzing thousands of molecular pathways and as more pathways are explored, they are added into our scoring algorithm. Based on this, we ask that you  focus on the your latest scores.


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Will my results and recommendations change in the future?


As we update our database, yes, your results and recommendations will likely change.

But this is good news! Updates to our database and your organisms means that the scientific community is learning more. The more we know and understand about various organisms, the more targeted your personalized recommendations will become.


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