Two Men Behind Fecal Transplants

Prevention Magazine featured an interview with OpenBiome co-founders James Burgess and Mark Smith in its January 2015 issue.  Nina Ellis sat down with Mark and James to chat about the messy details of banking stool, poop pills, and the future of the microbiome in medicine.  Here is an excerpt: 

NE: Is the future of good health really in the form of poop pills?
JB & MS: When it comes to personalized medicine, this is about as personal as it gets, right? It’s definitely the beginning of engineering the microbiome; a lot of the excitement is there are so many conditions—from gastrointestinal issues to obesity to depression—that are associated with the microbiome. It's a crude way of doing it, taking everything you’ve got and putting it in someone else. We're just really scratching the surface on how to do this type of engineering and ultimately this will have broad reaching effects on how we improve everyday health, treat infectious diseases, or more complex conditions.

Here is the piece in full.