Friday, June 14, 2013

FDA Comes to Grips with Fecal Transplants

Efforts are under way to standardize fecal transplants, which helps re-establish healthy microbe populations in the guts of patients

By Beth Mole and Nature magazine

The brown slurry is piped through tubes into the top of the human body — or the bottom. It can even come in pill form. For years, doctors have been transferring feces into ill people’s intestines to replace resident microbes with a fresh batch. The procedure is often a therapeutic success, but protocols for it vary wildly. As it steadily grows more popular, regulators are now working to define what a standard fecal transplant should be, and how to deliver one safely.

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