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What testing methods do you use for your stool tests?

Our testing methods use a combination of Quantitative PCR (qPCR) and 16s RNA sequencing.

At Healthpath, we use the following testing methods for stool tests:

Quantitative PCR is a technique that uses short strands of nucleic acid (‘primers’) to initiate DNA replication. Fluorescent probes then allow real-time quantification of target DNA.

16s rRNA sequencing
All bacteria and archaea carry the 16s rRNA gene. This method detects polymorphisms in the hypervariable regions of this gene, enabling us to determine all bacteria present.

We also use the gold-standard immunochemical assays and near-infrared spectroscopy to assess inflammation and digestive capacity.