Trillions of bacteria reside in and on the human body forming a complex synergistic network rich in diversity and metabolic activity. The bacteria in our gastrointestinal tract play a particularly important role in critical health-relevant processes: e.g. the maturation and training of the immune system, the protection against pathogens, or the host energy biogenesis. Microbes also participate actively in human metabolism by producing a range of important metabolites including vitamins and neurotransmitters that affect the host.
Inter- and intrapersonal variability in the gut microbiome result from various endogenous and exogenous factors; at Clinical Microbiomics, we offer custom-tailored microbiome analysis meaning that we approach each project independently to accurately analyze how the microbiome varies between samples. We offer Illumina-based 16S rDNA amplicon sequencing and shotgun metagenomics of fecal samples. 16S rDNA amplicon sequencing will give you insights to the taxonomical composition of the microbiome (genus/species resolution), where shotgun metagenomics powered by our MGS bioinformatics platform provides detailed characterization with the highest taxonomical (species/strain) and functional resolution (genes) possible. To maximize consistency in our analysis pipeline, we only use advanced extraction methods, and our laboratory is ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited for microbiological testing.