Your Monthly Gut Check: 50% Off Today Only

A monthly checkup for your gut microbiome. For less than $45.

The bacteria in and on your body are constantly shifting in response to your diet, lifestyle, and health status.

Why not check in on them once a month to see how they’re doing?

We’re happy to report that until tonight, subscriptions on uBiome kits are 50% off.

Get yours started today, and watch the snapshots shift. Like if your bacteria had Instagram.

uBiome Extends Reach of Microbiome Testing Through Global Ambassador Program

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We’ve worked with citizen scientists around the world since inception, with almost 40 percent of our participants living outside the US, in countries ranging from Canada to Romania to Ghana. To support our international users, uBiome is now launching its Global Ambassadors Program for thought leaders and innovators in microbiome research around the world.

uBiome Global Ambassadors will have access to:

1. Speaking opportunities and invitations for conferences, symposia, and other events around the world
2. Commissions on kits you sell (50% in September!)
3. Opportunity to vote on our Global Citizen Scientist Award
4. Grants — up to $100k total in microbiome kits for exceptional research proposals based in a specific country
5. A FREE uBiome kit!

Prospective Ambassadors can learn more about the program here: http://ubiome.com/pages/global-ambassador

The human microbiome describes the rich community of microbes that live in tandem with the body, supporting – and sometimes interfering with – health. An average human has around ten times more bacterial cells than human cells, with their bacteria weighing between three and five pounds, enough to fill a large soup can. Bacteria in the gut play a supporting role in digestion and the synthesis of vitamins, but more pathogenic bacteria are associated with a range of conditions such as autoimmune disorders, diabetes, heart conditions, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and skin conditions. There may even be bacterial connections with anxiety and depression.

Every human being has a microbiome, but its makeup and diversity can vary substantially from person to person. Global, environmental, and cultural factors mean that microbiomes may also vary from country to country, with diet playing a part, for instance. Researchers have shown, just as one example, that Japanese people are uniquely likely to have an enzyme in their gut bacteria which specializes in degrading algal cell walls, making it possible to digest the nori seaweed around sushi rolls. Most Western guts cannot process this.

uBiome wants its new Ambassadors to be part of ground-breaking research which may identify other such global microbial differences. They aim to amass a truly representative microbiome data set of the world. This means engaging individuals in all countries, including under-served populations and rural communities, with limited access to cutting edge technology.

Jessica Richman, co-founder and CEO of uBiome, says: “We’ve been happily surprised at the volume of samples arriving at our labs each day from all over the planet, and we’re delighted to help research on the microbiome spread around the world to citizen scientists everywhere. The uBiome Global Ambassador program is a great way for citizen scientists to be recognised for their expertise, excellence, and experience.”

Kevin Corkum, a current Canadian Ambassador for uBiome believes that engaging his community in microbiome research will increase the pace of scientific discovery. He notes, “I think it’s amazing that a company like uBiome exists to assist quantifying my experiments and allowing me to be part of a global community. It’s also important for me to get the message out to my local community. By contributing to the research and the conversation about the cultivation of our microbiome, I’m assisting in acceleration of those breakthroughs”

Dr. Zachary Apte, CTO and co-founder of uBiome adds: “uBiome’s sequencing service builds on this pioneering work, enabling us to cut the cost of microbiome sequencing from millions of dollars ten years ago to just $89 today, making it accessible to every citizen scientist around the world.”

uBiome was founded in 2012 by UCSF and Stanford technologists after a crowdfunding campaign raised more than $350,000 from citizen scientists, triple its initial goal. uBiome is now backed by Andreesen Horowitz, Y Combinator, and other leading investors. The company’s mission is to use big data to understand the human microbiome by giving consumers the power to learn about their bodies, perform experiments, and see how current research studies apply to them.

To learn more about how to become a uBiome Ambassador for your country, visit http://ubiome.com/pages/global-ambassador

Labor Day Weekend Special: 5-For-1 Microbiome Kits

Your bacteria work hard, and so do you. It’s time to celebrate!

Many of you wrote in after our last “5 microbiome kits for the price of 1” offer, saying that you missed out and wanted us to repeat the sale.

We heard you!

Here’s your chance to meet all the bacteria currently living in your gut, and also learn about your mouth, nose, skin, and genital microbiomes at the same time.

Starting now, a 5-site microbiome testing kit is just $89 instead of the usual $399.

Offer valid until Monday only (or while supplies last.)

Use discount code 5FOR1YAY when you checkout at ubiome.com.

We salute all the hard work you and your bacteria do, and wish you a happy and relaxing Labor Day weekend.

Love,
Your friends at uBiome

You Asked, We Listened. An Update to the uBiome Data Website.

Since we launched the new version of our app.ubiome.com website for you to explore your microbiome data a couple of months ago, we’ve heard a lot of great feedback.

This week, we’ve finished some of the most requested changes, which I’d like to introduce to you now.

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The #1 question we get at uBiome is “yeah, but what can I do about my microbiome results?” While the science of the microbiome is still relatively nascent, there are new discoveries being made around the world every week.

So we’ve added a section called “Science Suggests…” to your Dashboard that will bring you easy-to-understand findings from published scientific research.

2. Annotating Your Samples

I experienced this challenge myself. I had taken a baseline gut sample, then happened to have to start a course of antibiotics for an ear infection, and then decided to sample again during the antibiotic treatment. But I soon forgot which sample was which. When did I start the antibiotics again? Did I sample on day 2 or 4?

As of today, you can go to the My Samples page at app.ubiome.com and add notes to each of your samples, for easy reference when you go back to look at past results. This is especially helpful if you have multiple samples.

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3. Clearer Dashboard

Some of you found that it wasn’t exactly clear which section of the dashboard referred to which sample, so we’ve built what we think is a more intuitive layout for you.

It even comes with a new navigation bar at the top of your main dashboard page that links you to four things: your timeline graph, a section to compare to other samples, information about your sample, and a section to learn more about the microbiome.

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We’ve also tidied up a few bugs, so we hope you’ll find it to be a better user experience. Please let us know what you think!

Happy microbiome exploring,

Alexandra, Phil, Emilio, Jared, and the rest of the uBiome team.

It’s Not Just About Your Gut: Five-site microbiome kit for the price of one, today only

We love your gut, but it’s time to branch out.


A bookstore window in Mountain View, California this past week. Gut bacteria are everywhere!

Maybe you’ve tested your gut bacteria with uBiome already.

Or maybe something has changed in your life since you last tested: say your diet, health, or supplements.

Here’s your chance to see what’s different about your gut, and also learn about your mouth, nose, skin, and genital microbiomes at the same time.

Today only, a 5-site microbiome testing kit is $89 instead of the usual $399.

Use discount code 5FOR1PARTY when you checkout at ubiome.com (by midnight).

It’s a great way to start the weekend and take good care of your amazing self.

Love,
Your friends at uBiome

What Gut Bacteria Can Teach Us About Eating Disorders: uBiome and University of North Carolina Launch Groundbreaking Study

edsuBiome is teaming up with the University of North Carolina (UNC) Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders to learn more about whether eating disorders – anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder – could be linked to changes in an individual’s gut bacteria rather than having a wholly psychiatric cause.

The joint study will also explore ways in which the microbiome changes as a result of eating disorders, and how this affects general health. Participation in the study is free, and those taking part will get a detailed report on their own microbiome as well as learning how they compare to other study participants.

Individuals who have suffered from diagnosed eating disorders at any time in their life can learn more about the study here: http://ubiome.com/pages/eds.

Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illnesses that impact up to 30 million people of all ages and genders every year in the United States. For such a common condition, research is considerably underfunded. For example, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) report showed that the research spend on Alzheimer’s disease in 2011 averaged $88 per affected individual. For schizophrenia the amount was $81.

However, for eating disorders the average research spend per affected individual was just $0.93. Furthermore, only one in ten men and women with eating disorders receive treatment.

Humans host an extraordinarily diverse and extensive range of bacteria both in and on their bodies, collectively known as the microbiome. In fact microbial cells may outnumber human cells by ten to one, making up a total mass of between three and six pounds. This is roughly the weight of a human brain.

The microbiome interacts with the body in important ways, both beneficial and harmful. Helpful bacteria, for instance, assist with the digestion of certain foods which the body alone cannot process. They also play a critical role in the synthesis of vitamins. On the other hand, microbial patterns are correlated with diseases such as autoimmune disorders, diabetes, heart conditions, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and skin conditions. They may also be involved with conditions such as anxiety and depression, which until recently have been believed to have solely neurological or psychological causes.

UNC’s part in the study is led by Dr. Cynthia M. Bulik, Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine, a Professor of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Founding Director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders. Dr. Bulik is one of the world’s leading experts in eating disorders and is the author of over 500 papers and book chapters. Her passion for translating science to the public has led to appearances on the Today show, Good Morning America, CNN Morning, Katie, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil and Rachael Ray.

Jessica Richman, co-founder and CEO of uBiome, says she hopes the collaborative study will be empowering. “People with eating disorders can often feel alone. Although they may perhaps unconsciously exert power through their eating behavior, the truth is they’re likely to believe they have little control over the actual condition itself. Participation in this study will enable them to see what’s going on inside their body as well as compare themselves with others who have eating disorders. Knowledge is power.

Dr. Zachary Apte, CTO and co-founder of uBiome, says that participants should feel reassured by their involvement in the study. “User privacy is of course paramount to us. Accordingly, data shared with UNC will be de-identified. People taking part in the eating disorders study will also benefit from our highly advanced DNA sequencing technology built on the groundbreaking five-year, $173 million work of the NIH Human Microbiome Project.”

uBiome was launched by UCSF scientists and technologists from Stanford and Cambridge in 2012 after a crowd-funding campaign raised over $350,000 from citizen scientists, roughly triple the initial goal. uBiome is now funded by Andreesen Horowitz, Y Combinator, and other leading investors. The company’s mission is to use big data to understand the human microbiome by giving consumers the power to learn about their bodies, perform experiments, and see how current research studies apply to them.

More details about the study and how individuals with eating disorders can express interest in participating are here: http://ubiome.com/pages/eds.