16s Providers

The following providers have had their reports verified to work on this site. They may not ship to your country. Be aware that the time from sample until report is available may be days or months – contact provider to get current processing times.

NOTE: These are direct to customer services. There is no requirement for a physician to order these tests. Est is often inferred from the wayback machine and try to estimate the production date (not pre-orders).

  • Ubiome (was most used) [Est. 2012] THIS COMPANY HAS SHUT DOWN
  • BiomeSight.com – Integrates with https://www.microbiomeprescription.com/
    • Discount Code: MICRO – Price around $99 with discount.
    • Typically cheapest outside of US (duties, shipping costs adds up for others)
  • American Gut [Est. 2012] $99 (~ 300 taxa)
  • https://www.olawell.com/ [Est. 2018] $99-$199 – Email response states they do provided FastQ downloads. (I have a very significant discount code for them, email me to get it)
    • “Thank you for your interest in our gut microbiome test. Our gut microbiome modifiers have been based on the strength of the available evidence. While we do have the ability to report over 2,000 modifiers in our database, we limit them until a threshold has been met that proves a link between a certain modifier and response. The goal of our test is longevity, and in order to meet that  standard, we work with the leading scientists from the Harvard Medical School to only report on modifiers that have the potential to directly impact that variable. With that, we do provide FASTQ files for our customers that wish to get an additional interpretation. “
  • British Gut [Est. 2014] £75 / £62.50 / £58.33 / £52.50 depending on number of kits (~ 300 taxa)
  • XenoGene [Est.2017 – first offering of microbiome tests] € 635.25 (VAT included) – over 6000 bacteria in most reports
  • AtlasBiomed (most of Europe), [Est 2018] reported issues with US customers, (~ 300 taxa)
    • £149
    • Appears to offer Excel and FASTQ downloads if requested by email
  • Thryve Inside. [Est. 2017] $99 (may be bundled in other offerings and price varies depending on promotions) – This is the most common upload from a company in business. (~ 600+ taxa, see below)

Depth of Reports (number of taxa detected)

Xenogene

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Thryve

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The BEST download is FASTQ but it does require you to manual process these to upload on the site. For a walkthru see this video on the process. This provides the best consistency between different providers.

Most people are using: SequentiaBiotech web site.

Other providers – reports have not been verified to be uploadable (emailing them would help to make those reports happen — nagMail!) . If they have explicitly stated that downloads are not available they are on the not recommended list . Without downloads, we do not know how many different types of bacteria are tested for.

  • GutXY (Denmark) [Est. 2019 ]DKK 1,500 ($223)/ DKK 1,250 ($186) (depending on number of kits)
  • Sun Genomics (US) [Est. 2019]Bundled with their probiotics $300
    • Concerns over financial viability of firm, see this post.
    • Test alone for $149
  • Gut Zoomer [Est. 2016]  – 170 -200 species (per their advertising) must be ordered thru a physician
  • Microba (Australia) [Est. 2018] – $AU 279 to $AU 349 – ONLY Australia
    • Reader reported trying to get download files without success
    • $US 192 – $240 depending on which package is ordered.
  • Psomagen $99(sale price)-199 (Regular)
    • GutBiome+ $129(sale price) – $299 (Regular)
    • Emailed on status of downloads

Vibrant Wellness has a “GutZoomer test” . It is a very limited testing (100). The report gives no measurements, just evaluations (good/bad)


NOT RECOMMENDED and Why

  • Viome (US) [Est 2017]- $149 – $349 (depending on if a campaign is active)
    • Requests from customers for downloads have been refused.

Provider Health Information

It is speculated that most providers are offering stale and very often only a small subset of available information. A review was done of Thryve (EXCELLENT for getting the bacteria), and illustrates what you should expected from most providers is old science.

Observation

uBiome was the early bird (and a kickstarter project) to the 16s microbiome market and their site was well designed. When I look at some other sites, I see many items that they are missing that uBiome had, for example:

  • Support to show samples over time (to me that seems like an obvious requirement if they want repeat customers)
  • Metabolite predictions
  • Download with taxon numbers
  • FASTQ downloads
  • Comparisons to reference populations properly done (i.e. using the same lab process — not borrowing data from American Gut or others that used different lab processes)

As a long time software developer and product manager too…. the old mantra was “the best of the best”. We look at all of the competition and try to match feature for feature, and then add some new ones to differentiate us objectively.

A lot of the sites seem to be going for the minimum cost “good enough” and then they spend money on telling people that they are good by advertising on facebook, when they fail to come up to the level of a kickstarter project.