Start-up seeks participants for study on smoking, oral microbiome

Biotech start-up uBiome is looking for participants in its latest clinical study.

The company is seeking to analyze the oral microbiome. The study will explore tobacco smoke's effect on mouth bacteria, including whether there is a relationship between bacteria, smoking, and weight change in smokers. Each sample will be analyzed in the company's lab.

"One way or another we're all affected by smoking. Everyone either knows a smoker or is one themselves," stated Jessica Richman, co-founder and CEO of uBiome, in a press release. "We need to know more than we do, so this crucial study will shine a light on some of the unknowns. What difference does it make to the oral microbiome, for instance, if someone took up smoking as a teenager rather than coming to it later in life?"

To take part in the study, visit the company's website. Participants can purchase an at-home, mail-in mouth testing kit for $89. Every participant will learn how their oral microbiome compares with others in the study.