What is ExplorerPlus™?

ExplorerPlus gives you greater insight into your microbiome than ever before. ExplorerPlus uses precision sequencing, our patented combination of full metagenomic and marker-based sequencing, enabling us to deliver you the Explorer™ you love plus more comprehensive access to your microbiome so you can take your exploration to a whole new level!

What is precision sequencing™?

Precision sequencing is a patented combination of full metagenomic and marker-based sequencing that allows you to see more of your microbiome, including viruses and fungi in addition to archaea and bacteria. Knowing all of the genes in your microbiome also allows us to do better functional annotation of the microbiome -- that is, to know what your microbes are doing in your gut.

What’s new?

  • More comprehensive access to your entire microbiome, including viruses and fungi
  • Functional metagenomics information, such as insights into what key metabolites and vitamins your bacteria are synthesizing for you
  • More comprehensive probiotic bacteria
  • Downloadable raw data for every organism detected in your sample
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Pre-order now for deeper exploration of your microbiome.

Offered for a limited time while supplies last. ExplorerPlus will begin shipping in Spring 2018.

*An upgrade will only be applied to your Gut Explorer sample if eligible. If your Gut Explorer sample is not eligible to upgrade, you will be issued a refund for the upgrade price.

How does ExplorerPlus™ differ from SmartGut™?

ExplorerPlus is a wellness product that offers a broader view into your microbiome, providing more comprehensive information about your microbiome for wellness, using a patented combination of full metagenomic and marker-based sequencing.

SmartGut* is a medical test ordered by a doctor and reimbursed by insurance, processed in our CLIA-licensed and CAP-accredited laboratory. SmartGut helps you and your doctor better understand your symptoms for gut conditions, including IBD, IBS, Crohn’s, and ulcerative colitis, providing you and your doctor valuable insights to help guide diagnosis and treatment. It also examines risk factors for health conditions like diabetes, obesity, and kidney stones.

*More comprehensive microbiome access also coming to SmartGut!

How it works


Buy your kit

Simply select the bundle that works best for you and we’ll ship it right to you!


Sample at home

Clear instructions in your kit tell you how to self-sample. It’s fast and private in the comfort of your home.


Return your sample and receive results

After you collect your sample, place it in the prepaid mailer and drop it in the nearest mailbox. We’ll notify you when your results are ready.


Our customer support team is available by email or chat, and is happy to answer your questions about your test kit, results, and more.