uBiota Takes Up Residency

BioInnovations Gateway is excited to announce that uBiota has taken up residency in our 7th private Laboratory.uBiota LLC is a company based here in Salt Lake City and was established to engage the public in the scientific process.Their mission is to increase their client’s understanding of themselves and their environment by giving them access to knowledge about the microbes they live with.

The Personal Biota Scan
Most of the interesting information that links the microbiota with human disease is related to the microbiota of the gut, and is based on sequencing a single gene that is common to all bacteria: the small subunit of the ribosome. These ribosomes are an essential piece of cellular machinery that the bacteria can’t do without, and that’s why we can offer an affordable way to look at your personal microbiota, the Personal Boita Scan.

Each Personal Biota Scan returns data from hundreds of thousands of distinct bacteria. Our specialized bioinformatics, gleans as much as we can from each observation. Usually we can tell the genus of the bacteria, but sometimes we can’t. Importantly, this level of resolution is very similar to the existing database of disease associations. You’ll have access to the raw data if you want it, or you can use our summary of the results and our continually updated scientific interpretation of your biota.

The most interesting part of the Personal Biota Scan is the simple interpretation of the science that has the most to tell you about your microbiota. We are committed to giving you the best information we can, and constantly review newly published studies for quality information that we think is interesting to our clients. You also have ability the revisit your results and see how new scientific studies have changed our understanding of your Personal Biota Scan.

Kael Fischer, PhD
Kael is the president co-founder of uBiota and a Research Assistant Professor of Pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. For the last 20 years, Kael has been researching computational biology and metagenomics at his current position and as a post-doc at UCSF and a graduate student at UC Berkeley.

Ben Chan, PhD
Ben is the co-founder of uBiota and a post-doc in the Division of Infectious Disease at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Ben did his doctoral research in the University of Utah Department of Biology. Before coming to his position in the ID Division, he worked in industry, studying the management of bacteria using the viruses that infect bacteria (i.e. bacteriophage).

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Have you heard of the human genome and how our knowledge of genetics is important in research and medicine? A potentially even more powerful way of looking at biology, health and the environment is metagenomics. In metagenomics, the genes of all the life in an environment are analyzed as a group, pr…
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