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What is the difference between Viome and other gut microbiome companies?
Viome is the only company whose gut microbiome test can be used to accuratesly make personalized diet and nutrition recommendations. The reason is their unique technology, which no other direct-to-consumer company possesses or offers.
Most microbes in your gut can produce molecules that benefit you (humans evolved to depend on them), harm you, or have no impact on your health. The ONLY genomic test that can tell which molecules they are actually producing is called metatranscriptomic analysis. All other companies that claim they can infer functional data from DNA sequencing are not telling you the truth.
Gut Microbiome Composition
Every living organism produces RNA molecules from their DNA. By sequencing all of the RNA in your stool, Viome can identify and quanitfy all of the living microorganisms in your gut (bacteria, viruses, bacteriophages, archaea, fungi, yeast, parasites, and more) at the species and strain level. The end result? A higher resolution view of your gut microbiome than has ever been available before.
Gut Microbiome Gene Expression
While identifying the microorganisms in your gut is important, we gain most insight when we can also understand their function. This is because the microbes in your gut produce thousands of chemicals, called metabolites that affect your overall wellness. Some of these microbial metabolites can be beneficial to our health, such as vitamin B and short chain fatty acids, while others can be detrimental, such as TMAO, which causes coronary artery disease.
By analyzing the genes that your microbes express, we can identify which metabolites they produce. In other words, we can determine their role in your body’s ecosystem. By following Viome’s diet and lifestyle recommendations, you’ll be able to fine-tune the function of your gut microbiome to minimize production of harmful metabolites and maximize the production of beneficial ones.