A Look in the Gut

Peeking into your gut microbiome might not tell you much just yet, writes Sarah Scoles at The Crux.

She sent off fecal samples to uBiome, a biotech startup, for analysis. uBiome launched in 2012, and for $89, $159, or $399, it will tell customers what bacteria lurk in their gut, their gut plus two other spots, or all five major sites, respectively.

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