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Fecal Transplants Facilitated by OpenBiome Project — Physician’s First Watch
Fecal Transplants Facilitated by OpenBiome Project
By Joe Elia
Carefully screened donors to "the nation's first human stool bank" are enabling preparation of materials for fecal transplantation in patients with C. difficile infections, the New York Times reports.
The M.I.T.-based OpenBiome project sees itself as "an intermediate solution until there are commercial products on the market," according to one of the founders. To reestablish a normal intestinal microbiome in C. difficile infection, the thin-liquid samples are administered by enema, colonoscopy, or nasogastric tube.
Over 135 preparations have been delivered to 13 hospitals, according to the Times.