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Important Update - Project temporarily paused.
We are currently not able to supply any of our regular collection kits.
The Microsetta Initiative and its subsidiaries, including the British Gut Project, have pivoted to COVID-19 research. We are working as hard as we can, but please be patient as these changes have required a complete overhaul of our infrastructure.
In addition, we are in urgent need of funding to support these research endeavors. As part of the UC San Diego School of Medicine, we are actively working with frontline workers, sharing limited resources, and engaged with the broader San Diego research network studying all aspects of this virus and disease. Please consider making a donation directly: https://go.ucsd.edu/2QlTi8n
What is the British Gut Project?
Welcome! The Microsetta Initiative's British Gut Project is an open-source crowd-funded project run in conjunction with The American Gut Project. The aim is to uncover the microbes associated with individuals from the U.K. These data will help us understand how our lifestyle choices and diet influence our microbiome and whether these patterns replicate in samples from individuals in the United States. This study aims to produce a large-scale collection of anonymized human samples and lifestyle information for researchers and provide each participant with an educational snapshot of their microbes.
Many people don't realize that the bacteria that live inside us play a vital role in our health. Incredibly they make up 50 percent of the cells in our body, and their most important jobs include manufacturing vitamins for us and breaking down and digesting our food. The trillions of bacteria in our gut weigh nearly 2 kg (over 4lbs). This community of bacteria behaves like an extra 'organ,' which we call our "microbiome." Research has discovered that small changes in our finely balanced microbial communities can affect our immune system, metabolism, body weight, mood. It may even cause diseases such as Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, cancer, autoimmune responses, diabetes, and heart disease.
What makes the British Gut Project unique?
The British Gut Project was the first of its kind in Europe! With your help, we will discover more about the crucial relationship between our health and our microbiome. On a personal level, you will be able to find the bacterial profile of your gut. Your unique microbes will help us answer questions such as 'How much does our choice of lifestyle and diet influence our microbiome, and can we alter our microbiome to make us healthier?'
More research is needed to determine what constitutes a 'healthy' microbiome, which combinations of bacteria are beneficial and why. To make this ambitious and much-needed project a success, we urgently need a large-scale collection of human samples. Over ten thousand people have signed up in America already through the American Gut Project, but to fully advance science, we need many more from Europe to participate.
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