Could Your Gut Bacteria Hold the Key to Your Health?
The bacteria that live in the intestinal tract can affect digestion, weight gain, mood and how the body absorbs medicine. UBiome, a Silicon Valley startup, has built a company around sequencing gut bacteria -- which the founders think one day will become as common and medically necessary as a blood test. But it's a long road to that future. First they have to explain to people why they should care about their microbiomes. Next, they need to popularize a test that asks people to swab their toilet paper.