Questions & Answers

What is the microbiome?

The terms microbiome and microbiota in the broadest sense refer to the totality of all microorganisms on earth. In the narrower sense it means the totality of all microorganisms inhabiting human or other living things.                     Microorganisms are bacteria, viruses, fungi and urinary bacteria. The bulk of our microbiome is bacteria. The symbiosis (= cohabitation) between humans and bacteria is in the foreground of science. New findings are published every day.                    
For the moment we focus on the analysis of intestinal bacteria.

About myBioma

We are an Austrian, medical-technical startup, which tries to give all people easy access to high-tech analysis of the intestinal microbiome (= intestinal flora).
In order to conduct the analysis in a scientifically-based manner, we work closely with European universities. The analysis report has been reviewed by several experts.

We differentiate ourselves from traditional gut microbiome analysis by using the most advanced technologies and combining them with our proprietary bioinformatics pipeline. This allows us to identify all of your bacterial species quantitatively and to predetermine their functions predictively.

Protecting your data is one of the most relevant challenges for us. The data is stored encrypted on secure servers in Austria and any unauthorized access is reported immediately.
Furthermore, there is no transfer of your data to insurance companies, banks or advertising institutions.

We have started to offer myBioma in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. In the coming months, we want to give the whole of Europe the opportunity to access the most accurate intestinal microbiome analysis.

The European Microbiome Initiative is a crowd science project initiated by several universities. myBioma provides the analysis kits, logistics and technical processing to universities.

We are always on the lookout for microbiome enthusiasts and pioneers. If you are interested in joining our team or becoming an ambassador, please contact us at office@mybioma.com.

In particular we are looking for Software Developer as well as Marketing Allrounders.

Order

That's true. However, your doctor's analysis will be based on stool cultures. Such cultures are one of the oldest methods of analysis (for 200 years) and are inaccurate in the quantitative detection of different bacteria.

In addition, an analysis using stool culture detects an average of 10 different bacterial species, whereas our method (Next Generation Sequencing) can detect over 1000 different bacterial species. Due to the novelty of Next Generation Sequencing, the analysis is very costly.

So that the entire process, from order to receipt of the result, is as easy as possible for you, we do not charge any extra costs for return shipping. You just have to throw the envelope in the mailbox.

The stool tube contains a solution in which your bacteria survive the transport to our laboratory without cooling. Summer or winter - mailing will not influence your results.

The sample tube is sealed airtight. Therefore, neither smell nor liquid can escape.

Analysis

The analysis is based on Next Generation Sequencing. This is the most advanced method for DNA determination. We use this method to analyze the DNA of your bacteria. This tells us which bacteria are in your stool and how well they metabolize, for example: sugar.

The sampling is very easy and fast. In your kit you will find instructions with the following steps:             

                    
  1. Stick stool collector to the toilet bowl.
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  3. Take a sample at one point using the sampling stick.
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  5. Stir the sampling stick into the tube and screw tight.
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  7. Send the tube back to us free of charge.
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Immediately after your order, we will send the kit to your home. After taking the stool sample, you throw the envelope with the tube into the mailbox and we extract the DNA and prepare the sequencing. Afterwards the sample has to be processed by us using bioinformatics.

We analyze all your bacteria and combine the results with the latest studies. Your results include the following points:                

                        
  • Diversity and health of your gut
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  • Determination of enterotype
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  • Production of vitamins and insights into sugar, fat and protein metabolism                    
  • Inflammation indicators and infections
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  • Effects of your intestinal flora on immune system, liver, weight, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases
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  • Gastrointestinal symptoms associated with your gut flora
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  • Individual recommendations
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  • All results are backed by scientific studies.
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We want to make the experience of your intestinal flora as pleasant as possible. Therefore, you can view the results in our free myBioma app (iOS / Android). Alternatively, it is possible to receive the report as a PDF.

Both makes sense! An intestinal microbiome analysis is a snapshot and can therefore tell you a lot about the current status of your intestinal health and general well-being. An unhealthy way of life and nutrition can lead to bowel problems in the long term.
An analysis of the intestinal microbiome, if you have complaints, is therefore definitely useful. Even if you have no symptoms, a gut microbiome analysis can help you explore your gut health.
The intestinal microbiome changes every few months, so a follow-up test is a good way to identify any changes.

Yes, medications and probiotics have an effect on your gut microbiome. Please always list the medications and probiotics, which you take. Only then can we include this information in the evaluation.

Not yet. Preventive measures, however, are becoming increasingly important. The statements of the myBioma analysis can also have a preventive relevance. Therefore, we assume that in the future health insurance companies will take over the cost of such a gut microbiome analysis.

Yes, sure! We will gladly send you your report as PDF or by post. However, you will not have access to additional (background) information and news on the subject of intestinal microbiome and myBioma.

Complete myBioma package€135