Mining medicine from poop

The good germs in feces can be packaged into a pill that fights a killer infection

By Stephen Ornes, 17:24 PM October 24, 2013

Infections caused by the bacterium Clostridium difficile pose big problems. The C. diff germs can trigger extreme gut discomfort and diarrhea. More troubling: In the United States alone, these germs kill some 14,000 people each year. Scientists have now found a new treatment that avoids the yuck factor associated with the old treatment, a fecal transplant.

Scientists didn’t really want to use feces; they only wanted the bacteria found in healthy people’s poop. If implanted in someone sickened ...

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