It's easier to get into Harvard than to qualify as a poop donor, says Dr. Zain Kassam, chief medical officer of OpenBiome, a stool donation clinic. Only 4% of people who apply to be donors qualify.
When both the New Yorker and Washington Post published stories on the rise in stool donation, the Internet erupted with incredulity (and the occasional off-color joke). In reality, the donations are crucial for life-saving transplants to patients with serious intestinal conditions, such as Crohn's disease
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Clinics like OpenBiome in Boston test, collect, store and distribute healthy stool to clinicians who need it. With those samples, doctors conduct fecal matter transplants (FMTs), transferring healthy bacteria into their patients' digestive systems Read more...
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