The Excrement Experiment

In the December 1, 2014 issue of The New Yorker, editor Emily Eakin explores the proliferation of fecal transplants in the last few years, helped along by OpenBiome.  Here is an excerpt: 

"The inspiration for OpenBiome was a friend of Smith’s, an otherwise healthy man in his twenties who, in 2011, acquired C. difficile following gallbladder surgery. 'He ended up on seven rounds of vancomycin over a year and half,' Smith told me. 'He was very sick.' The man found a doctor who was open to the idea of performing a fecal transplant and waited six months while the doctor researched the procedure. Finally, unable to wait any longer, he gave himself a transplant using his roommate’s stool. 'It worked for him,' Smith, who was then completing his Ph.D., said. 'But the whole thing seemed very bizarre to me: why is it so hard to get a treatment that is very effective?'" 

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