I am very interested in the Ubiome explorer service.
I think it’s great that this technology is starting to become more widely available, the website looks great and the information offered looks very detailed. But, I do have a few questions I hope you can help me with, to better understand the value of the service

1. Can you help me understand what work has been done by ubiome to ensure the accuracy of the test results you provide? After all, the value of the service is in the accuracy.
a. have the accuracy of your results been checked to ensure they really represent the real proportions and numbers of bacteria in the sample
b. how is accuracy measured and against what reference point/material?
c. What factors do you know of that influence the accuracy of the results?

2. I am particularly interested in E. Coli bacteria species – I have reviewed the sample report - but looking at the results there were none of these species listed under the relevant Genus (Escherichia) in the sample account. This seems unusual as this species is known to be one of the very first to colonise the human gut after birth and I understand between 1 and 5 species are usually present in most adult human microbiomes.
So my question is:
did this person simply not have any of this species, and, if they had, these would have been detected, or does the test you perform simply not detect E.coli species?

3. I understand there will be substantial commensal populations of fungi and viruses also living in the microbial communities in the human gut – these will likely be interacting with the bacterial population in complex ways and have a significant impact on the health of the host also. I note the ubiome website and service make no mention of these other microbes or their role. How come?

I have tried to get answers to these questions from your blog and from your customer enquiry team but after 1 weeks I haven’t heard anything back ….

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uBiome is launching a ground-breaking study investigating how the vaginal microbiome changes over the course of the menstrual cycle, and during different phases of life.
Learn more at: http://ubiome.com/pages/womens-health

I just ordered my first microbiome test. Has anyone published their test results? I would like to compare mine to that.

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Looking into the mouth microbiome!@sprague bravely opens his mouth for us all to see. http://www.ubiomeblog.com/looking-mouth-microbiome/

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Fun #microbiome reading: citizen science games, Crohn's disease treatment, and your mom's bacteria - www.ubiomeblog.com/microbiome-reading4/
What We're Reading
What We're Reading
ubiomeblog.com

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What we're reading - J&J news, how #microbiome impacts physical/mental health, and something juicy NSFW... http://www.ubiomeblog.com/microbiome-reading-2/

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Hacking my sleep with @uBiome- brilliant, surprising experiment by Richard Sprague

http://www.ubiomeblog.com/hacking-sleep/ 
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