Gut Check: Testing Yourself for Science at SXSW 2014

Written by Shawn O'Keefe | Friday, Nov 22, 2013

Bacteria research by Jessica Richman will be a big part of SXSW 2014

Whether via a wearable computer on your wrist or via personalized genomics, the current technology to access data and unlock the mysteries of your own body remains unprecedented.

This past May, bestselling author Michael Pollan wrote a New York Times Magazine article showcasing the latest research on the human microbiome, the ecosystem of microorganisms that live on and inside our bodies. Titled "Some of My Best Friends Are Germs," Pollan highlighted new discoveries showing the importance of the microbiome and its impact on a growing number of health issues.

More than just a service to give you access to your microbiome, uBiome is a citizen science startup that sequences the human microbiome and is the largest successful citizen science crowdfunding campaign in history (having raised over $350,000). The company aims to revolutionize science by allowing the public to participate in asking and answering questions around the microbiome.

uBiome CEO Jessica Richman is leading The Future of Citizen Science session at the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival. Richman will discuss how the average person can get involved in citizen science and explore the future of science in an age of crowdsourcing, instant communication, and the rise of the pro-amateur.

This session will be a Core Conversation, a special format where a moderator leads an open discussion with attendees around a specific topic. Register now to take advantage of this kind of special access to such trendsetters and thought leaders at SXSW Interactive.

Photo courtesy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory