The Gastrointestinal Microbial Assay Plus (GI-MAP) was designed to assess an individual’s microbiome from a single stool sample, with particular attention to microbes that may be disturbing normal microbial balance and may contribute to changes in the gastrointestinal (GI) flora or illness. The panel is a comprehensive collection of microbial targets as well as immune and digestive markers. It screens for pathogenic bacteria, commensal bacteria, opportunistic pathogens, fungi, viruses, and parasites. It primarily uses a quantitative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) method, that is one of the most powerful and sensitive gene analysis techniques available. With qPCR, all of the organisms are run separately, and in duplicate, which makes it possible to measure each organism accurately. All results are quantitative instead of qualitative (positive or negative), giving individuals greater depth in understanding their microbiome environment.
Your test includes a 30 minute Interpretation of your results with Michelle Ross, Director of Clinical Services. Please Note: The test interpretation consultation must take place within 3 months of placing the test order.
Price includes collection kit and second day FedEx return shipping for US orders. There is a $55 additional drop ship charge on all international orders. The lab must receive the sample within 6 days of collection. The sample is no longer viable after 6 days.