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Jessica Richman: Hacking your Biome with uBiome

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Jessica Richman, co-founder at uBiome, started and sold her first company after high school. Returning to formal education, she attended Stanford University, where she earned degrees in Economics and Science, Technology & Society (emphasis in computer science). Along the way, she worked for Google, McKinsey, Lehman Brothers, the Grameen Bank, and top-tier Silicon Valley venture firms. Currently a doctoral student at Oxford University, her academic interests include social networks, innovation, collective intelligence, and entrepreneurship.

uBiome LogouBiome is the world’s first effort to map the human microbiome with citizen science.

While the sequencing of the human genome has provided invaluable knowledge, it is very difficult to change our own genetic makeup. The microbiome, in contrast, is much more easily changed through simple means such as healthful probiotic cultures and other lifestyle interventions. The microbiome thus may provide some of the most important medical breakthroughs of our era. uBiome will ultimately empower participants to manage their microbiomes to improve their health as well as make important scientific discoveries for humanity.

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What We Cover

  •   0:33 – Intro to uBiome and Jessica Richman
  •   4:00 – What are some of the ways that you test for the various body biomes?
  •   5:45 – What am I going to learn and get back from taking these samples?
  •   7:13 – How is a genetic profile different than what you could get at a Dr. looking for parasites?  What are you sequencing?
  •   9:57 –  How can the average person use this data to make actionable decisions?
  • 11:03 – Big Science vs Citizen Scientists; The Biohacking Movement
  • 14:55 – What is and isn’t in the 16s test? And are you saving the samples?
  • 15:59 – Looking at Dave’s reports what level are we at?
  • 20:52 – What about the FDA?
  • 22:55 – How do you interact with doctors and data?
  • 24:57 – What about outside of the U.S.?  Data collection, test purchases, purposes?
  • 28:43 – What are the top 3 things that people should consider to be higher performance?

Links From The Show



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By Dave Asprey

  • CDS

    So fetch

  • Chris

    Hey Dave,

    Have you used Kalona Supernatural butter? It is 100% grass fed, organic and pasture based. It seems pretty good..I don’t know if it is cultured.

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    Keep up the great work! Love your site.

  • seppo

    Great podcast. Are you doing any podcast or blog post particular on breathing. I have research about buteyko and some other things. I would love to learn more.

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  • Austin

    She had a voice from heaven.
    Seemed like a really awesome person to hang with.
    Wish I knew her.
    Loved her answers to questions at the end.
    Thanks Dave:)

  • Mike

    Earthing is working!


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    More info about what uBiome is up to in Fast Company

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