The value of microbiota testing
Unlike genetics, whose variation throughout life is practically null, microbiota constantly evolves and changes. Therefore, the results of this report will also differ depending on when it is performed. However, this is separate from one iota of value. It makes perfect sense to perform a microbiome test periodically to check the evolution of certain aspects of our health and confirm the impact of our changing habits; in the same way we do a blood test or other diagnostic tests, the results of which are entirely valid.
At 24Genetics, we always recommend sharing the microbiota and DNA test report with your referring doctor before making any drastic changes in your lifestyle. On the other hand, these tests are not a substitute for further diagnostic tests, such as dental consultations.
Scientific advances and microbiota testing
Another factor that may affect the results of the microbiota test in the long term is the advancement of scientific research. New correlations between oral microbiota and different aspects of health are continually being identified, which can modify the results and conclusions of studies.
At 24Genetics, we make a great effort to apply the new consolidated scientific findings to our reports. Our microbiota test is based on a metagenomic analysis of more than 100,000 sequences in your saliva, made with a complex proprietary algorithm.
Our goal is to provide you with complete and contrasted information about your general health to get to know yourself in depth with questions that, without a test, could be overlooked.