We first brought you the news that fecal transplants were a thing last year, and now we’re happy to report that a bank – a poo bank, if you will – has opened.
The bank will provide US doctors willing to do the procedure with safe fecal matter from screened donors.
Fecal transplants – it’s the kind of topic you can make light of, but on a more serious note, this revolutionary process can save lives.
It’s used for patients suffering from C.Diff (more on that below) but one of the main issues previously has been finding appropriate donors.
That’s where OpenBiome comes in. It’s a nonprofit organisation, which has already provided more than 135 frozen donations to 13 hospitals since September.
Nice one OpenBiome.
Poo. Faeces. Excrement.
Let me explain why I’m writing about poo.
When your day job involves writing for an online media outlet, you often find yourself going the weirdest of internet rabbit holes in the name of research. And often you’ll come out the other side enlightened, disturbed and with an overwhelming desire to curl up in a foetal position and think only of rainbows and unicorns.