Crowdrising for Research
uBiome has launched the world’s first citizen science effort to map the human microbiome at http://www.indiegogo.com/ubiome. Launched Friday, November 16, 2012, the project has garnered over $18,000 in crowdfunding from 150 participants in its first ten days. uBiome has launched the world’s first citizen science effort to map the human microbiome, the microorganisms that inhabit every inch of our skin as well as our ears, mouth, sinuses, genitals, and gut. The biotech startup from the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) seeks to spark the era of personalized medicine by providing the public with easily accessible information about their own bodies using the latest in high-throughput DNA sequencing technology at http://www.indiegogo.com/ubiome.
uBiome provides participants with a catalog of their own microbes, detailing the microbial composition of the body and explaining what is known about each genera of microbe. In addition, uBiome compares participants’ microbiomes with scientific studies on the role of the microbiome in health, diet and lifestyle. uBiome also provides personal analysis tools and data viewers so that users can anonymously compare their own data with crowd data as well as with the latest scientific research. uBiome is HIPAA compliant and will not release personal identifying data or information to anyone.