What is the gut microbiome and why is it important for wellness?
The gut microbiome, as defined by molecular biologist Joshua Lederberg, consist of all microorganisms and their collective genetic material residing in the gastro intestinal tract (GIT), including bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi. The gut microbiota is comprised of all the bacteria, commens...
What can the Biomesight gut microbiome test tell me?
The Biomesight test provides a snapshot of the gut microbiome utilizing 16S rRNA sequencing technology. You will receive a count and relative abundance percentage of the bacteria in your microbiome, ranging from Phylum down to the species level. 16s DNA sequencing allows us to sequence a specific...
Will I benefit from a single test and how often would I need to retest?
Yes, a single test is valuable as it provides a snapshot of your gut microbiome at the current point in time. While the microbiome can change very quickly, if diet, lifestyle, general health, supplements, medications and antibiotics exposure do not change then it is more likely to remain stable.
Can parasites, viruses, fungi and candida be detected in the Biomesight gut microbiome test?
No, our microbiome test is exclusive focused on bacteria. The 16s gene is only present in bacteria and archaea.
Is the test available on the NHS?
The NHS do not currently utilize relative abundance based gut microbiome testing for the diagnosis or treatment of any conditions. We are in the process of pursuing research based partnerships with the NHS to help close the current gap between clinical practice and recent research findings. The N...
Is it a diagnostic test?
The Biomesight Gut Microbiome Test is not a diagnostic test, however we help you to understand the correlations between your gut microbiome makeup and associated symptoms and conditions.
Gut microbiome research has been a hot topic in recent years, and our service is designed to guide you on yo...
What happens to my sample after it is sequenced and analysed by the lab?
The lab destroys the samples within 2 weeks of uploading the results.
Why can my GI doctor or GP not assist with a follow up treatment plan based on my results?
While the number of medical doctors also trained in a functional medicine approach are increasing, there is still a focus on diagnostic testing within clinical practice. Gut microbiome tests are however widely interpreted by functional medicine practitioners, many of which are also medical doctor...