AnimalBiome, the leading companion animal microbiome company, has selected Loop Genomics long-read 16S Microbiome kits to help it expand its microbiome testing capabilities to provide veterinarians with practical, clinically-actionable insights regarding the gut health of dogs and cats. Proactive management of the gut microbiome holds great potential to reduce the incidence of chronic illnesses, including Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Metabolic Syndrome, among others. In fact, more than 50% of pets will develop a condition associated with an imbalance in the microbiome in their lifetime.
By selecting the Loop Genomics’ technology AnimalBiome was able to leverage Illumina sequencing instruments to deliver long-read sequencing results at a fraction of the cost of most other systems with a much lower error rate.
AnimalBiome’s scientific team, led by founder Holly Ganz, PhD, has used Loop’s technology to deploy new testing protocols to characterize microbes that may be present in the microbiome and affecting a pet’s health.
Because species-level identifications are important for identifying the presence of pathogens, AnimalBiome is now leveraging recent breakthroughs by Loop Genomics to sequence full length 16S rRNA and 18S rRNA genes on the Illumina platform. This testing service, the Gut Function + Pathogen Test ($145), available on its own and as an upgrade to the Microbiome Assessment, allows AnimalBiome to identify microbes to the species level, allowing them to distinguish beneficial microbes from such clinically relevant pathogens as Clostridium difficile and Clostridium perfringens. In addition, this test identifies eukaryotes and helps clinicians assess whether there is a yeast overgrowth. Veterinarians are using insights from this new test to guide further pathogen testing, antibiotic screening, and recommend dietary and treatment plans.
By leveraging the Loop Genomics’ platform AnimalBiome is providing an affordable microbiome test identifying the presence and relative abundance of bacteria and eukaryotes based on sequencing the entire phased V1-V9 regions of both 16S and 18S molecules. AnimalBiome has built a massive reference database of pet dog and cat gut microbiome samples to identify imbalances and over-representation of certain microbial groups relative to healthy dogs and cats. Veterinarians are provided with actionable insights to guide dietary, supplement and other lifestyle changes.
According to Holly Ganz PhD, CEO and founder of AnimalBiome, “We are proud to be the first company to bring sequencing-based microbiome testing to the companion animal market, and we will continue to translate the latest advances in genetic sequencing into products to help dogs and cats live healthy and full lives.”