I have added an educational page to the site. The purpose is to illustrate why focusing on a single bacteria may fail to produce results. You must also focus on the bacteria that support and contribute to it.
Where the new page is located
When you click this, a new page will appear as shown below
There are arrows pointing between the bacteria, labelled with their influence. Some examples;
- High Alistipes slows / inhibits bifidobacterium. In this case, so very well that it is very low.
- Alistipes feeds / encourages Odoribacter, Dorea, Peptococcaceae. so high amount of Alistipes results in higher amounts of these.
- Alistipes also inhibits other bacteria… and we see many that are low.
To keep complexity down, I do not display bacteria in the middle range.
The Outliers list includes only the bacteria that are outliers AND which have known relationships with other bacteria.
A few things to remember:
- A low bacteria may feed a bacteria that is very high. What this means is that OTHER things are feeding. For example, Roseburia faecis feed Odoribacter – so we would expect it to be low, but if you look above, we also see that Alisipes also feed it. Think of it this way: corn feed people, wheat feed people, barley feed people. If you have no corn, you may still have a lot of fat people.
- Similarly, a high bacteria may feed other bacteria. Some of those may be low. To return to the food analogy: the bacteria may be producing pork — a lot of fat people, but none of them are Jewish or Vegetarians.
For those who do not have a ubiome sample available, I created a quick video showing the page.