Two Men Behind Fecal Transplants
Interview with OpenBiome co-founders James Burgess and Mark Smith:
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.