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What's In Your Gut? Lessons From The Microbiome

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What do we actually know about the 100 trillion bacteria that live on and inside our bodies? Alexandra Carmichael, formerly of Quantified Self, CureTogether, and 23andMe, gave this talk at SXSW in Austin on March 16th, 2015.

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What's In Your Gut? Lessons From The Microbiome

  1. 1. What’s In Your Gut? Lessons From The Microbiome SXSW 2015 talk Alexandra Carmichael Director of Community at uBiome
  2. 2. let’s start with stretching for a sec
  3. 3. that’s better. now who am I?
  4. 4. director of QS for 3 years, growing it to 92 cities
  5. 5. co-founder of CureTogether, acquired by 23andMe
  6. 6. now at uBiome (red pants!)
  7. 7. why study the microbiome?
  8. 8. 100 trillion bacteria dance with you
  9. 9. you have as many as 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells
  10. 10. we haven’t known much about them until 2012…
  11. 11. … when the human microbiome project sequenced all DNA from the human microbiome
  12. 12. uBiome started the same year
  13. 13. we make microbiome testing available to everyone
  14. 14. 5 test sites: gut mouth skin nose genitals
  15. 15. warning: I’m a data nudist
  16. 16. this is my gut
  17. 17. why is my gut actinobacteria 7x more than average?
  18. 18. good guys they’re anti-inflammatory good guys
  19. 19. maybe because I drink so much kombucha?
  20. 20. this is my skin
  21. 21. why is there no actinobacteria on my skin?
  22. 22. acne on skin, these guys can contribute to acne
  23. 23. thanks mom? I’ve always had pretty clear skin
  24. 24. but enough about me…
  25. 25. what else are we learning?
  26. 26. 1. is there a difference between male and female gut microbiomes?
  27. 27. uBiome data says they’re the same!
  28. 28. 2. meet a real-life microbiome hacker
  29. 29. Richard Sprague
  30. 30. he hacked his sleep with potato starch and uBiome testing
  31. 31. 3. do gut and mouth microbiomes have a signature?
  32. 32. here are 1000 mixed up gut and mouth samples
  33. 33. and here they are separated pretty cool, right?
  34. 34. 4. helping teenagers with crohn’s
  35. 35. 9 teens with Crohn’s had fecal microbiome transplants (gut bacteria from a healthy donor) 7 of them were in remission after 2 weeks 5 were still in remission after 12 weeks
  36. 36. so much still to discover
  37. 37. what will you learn?
  38. 38. use discount code SXSWbacteria for kit orders at ubiome.com (code expires march 22)
  39. 39. come play with us at: twitter @ubiome facebook.com/ubiome ubiomeblog.com alexandra@ubiome.com
  40. 40. thanks for reading! hugs, alexandra

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