Fecal transplant safety is goal of stool bank


“The excitement about the successful use of fecal transplants to treat the gastrointestinal infection C. difficile has also led to a premature interest among the general public suffering from ailments for which it is completely unproven and untested. “I have pretty serious concerns about this,” said Mark Smith, a graduate student in microbiology at MIT who co-wrote the paper published in Nature. “It’s an exciting area of research, but it’s not ready for every patient to get their hands on.”

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