Your microbiome is the community of microorganisms living in and on your body. It includes beneficial and less-desirable microorganisms. There are as many microorganisms as there are cells in your body and most of them live in your gut.
Science is discovering new connections between the gut microbiome and health all the time. As well as being essential for good digestion and absorption of nutrients, the balance or imbalance in your gut can affect your immune and cardiovascular systems and can even influence mental health.
How to improve your gut microbiome with Microba Insight™
Get the test, learn more about your results and how you compare with the population through our online portal, discuss with your health care professional and make lifestyle changes.
Why Microba is uniquely powerful
The right knowledge gives you the power to make positive changes. Microba Insight™ is the only test in Australia that gives you the whole picture. While other services use 16S rRNA testing, which only sequences a small part of a single bacterial gene, Microba uses metagenomics, which sequences all the genes from the microorganisms in your sample.
The biggest picture of the smallest inhabitants
Microba metagenomics testing is reliable, repeatable science which gives you information on the widest range of bacteria, fungi, protists, archaea and some viruses. It reveals microorganisms at the species level. The limited scope of other tests often gives different results between different laboratories and may miss vital pieces of your personal microbiome jigsaw. When you know the science, the choice is easy.
With your personal results and the help of the information in our user-friendly portal, you will be able to explore the strengths and weaknesses of your microbiome. The report shows you the normal ranges and highlights where there are potential problems. You can download your report as a PDF and you can keep coming back to the portal as we add more information from emerging science.
What your results will reveal
Using our unique metagenomics sequencing and the expert analysis of our scientists, we will create a personal report to show you:
Who is in your microbiome
- A comprehensive list of the bacteria present, and how abundant they are
- Identification of potentially beneficial and problematic bacteria
- Easy-to-understand descriptions of your gut microbes
- The presence of key fungi and parasites
- Identification of bacteria commonly used as probiotics
- The overall diversity of your microbiome
- Your predicted microbiome age
What your microbiome can do
- The potential of your microbiome to digest carbohydrates, protein and fat
- The potential of your microbiome to produce essential vitamins
- Personalised dietary suggestions to promote a healthy microbiome
How your microbiome compares
- Discover your unique microbiome features
- Compare your results to different groups of people based on categories such as diet, age and fitness
How does the sampling kit work?
2 | Sample
You’ll receive your kit in the mail with detailed instructions on how to provide a sample. It’s simple, safe and painless. Just use the swab to collect a tiny amount of faecal matter from your toilet paper.
3 | Send
We provide a postage-paid reply envelope in your kit for you to get your sample back to us. We will keep you posted on the progress of your sample by email.
It won’t be long! We expect to start shipping the first kits in June of 2018. We will email you with instructions to create an account through our website and claim your sample kit by entering your reference number (we will provide you with this before launch).
It takes between four to six weeks to process and analyse a sample once we receive it in our lab. During this time, we will keep you up to date by sending you email notifications at each step of the process: when we receive your sample in our lab, when your sample is being sequenced, when your data is being analysed, and when your results are ready to view online. Additionally, once created, you can log into your account at any time to view the progress of your sample.
The Microba Insight report provides personalised dietary suggestions to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria, and reduce the growth of less desirable bacteria. If you have a medical condition or take regular medication, it is important to speak to your medical practitioner before making significant changes to your diet.
Our vision is to improve lives through a deeper understanding of the gut microbiome
You have the opportunity to contribute to important research about how the human gut microbiome influences health by participating in a further questionnaire about your health and wellbeing that can be matched to your microbiome analysis. Human microbiome research has exciting potential to diagnose disease and discover new therapies.
We conduct our business in a socially responsible, ethical and scientifically rigorous manner. We respect the law and regulatory requirements. We aim to improve individual wellbeing and benefit the communities where we work.
Professor Philip Hugenholtz
Professor Gene Tyson
Professor Ian Frazer
Dr Alena Pribyl
Senior Scientist & Research Officer
Dr David Wood
Dr Nicola Angel
Head of Laboratory Operations
Dr Luke Holtham
Chief Partnerships & Corporate Development Officer
Dr Ben Woodcroft
Regulatory Affairs Adviser