All microbiome testing companies, outside Viome, are focused on microbial DNA and can tell you what organisms are in your gut, but they cannot tell you what these organisms are actually doing inside of your body, or if they are even dead or alive. For example, the same organism can be beneficial in one person and harmful in another, depending on that individual’s unique gut ecosystem.
Viome uses metatranscriptomics and sequences the complete ‘transcriptome’ or RNA of each person’s entire microbial community. This allows us to see who is present and alive, and what they are doing (producing harmful toxins or producing beneficial nutrients). This is very different from other gut tests that use ‘metagenomics’ that examine microbial DNA. By looking at functional expressed genes, Viome’s technology is able to determine how various communities may be acting inside of your unique gut ecosystem.