American Gut Project

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Study Type: DNA Sample
Study Location: Multi-Institution

The American Gut Project is a large multi-institution project to study the gut microbiome (all the microbes that make up the gut). 


Our current knowledge of the dog and cat gut microbiome is based primarily on a handful of studies in research labs or of clinically ill patients.  The American Gut Project will apply the existing genomic technology to free-living pets, where diet, genetics, and living environment are quite different from household to household.  Such a study may identify important trends that are not possible with small studies.  In addition to contributing to the study as a whole, participants can learn how their own microbiome and/or their pet’s microbiome compare to others in the project.  Plus all data will be open source and readily available to the entire research community.


Please note there is a fee to participate in this study.

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