Excrement Experiment: Treating Disease With Fecal Transplants

One morning last fall, Jon Ritter, an architectural historian living in Greenwich Village, woke to find an e-mail from a neighbor, who had an unusual request. “Hi Jon, This is Tom Gravel, from Apt. 4N,” the e-mail began. “I wanted to check in and see if you may be open to helping me with a health condition.”

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9 Amazing And Gross Things Scientists Discovered About Microbes This Year

We can’t see them, but they are all around us. On us. In us. Our personal microbes—not to mention those in the environment around us—have us outnumbered by orders of magnitude, but scientists are only beginning to understand how they influence our health and other aspects of our lives.

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Bacteria Band Together To Fight Infection

In a study published in the July 14, 2015 issue of mBio, University of Michigan Medical School researchers suggested that “individual bacterial populations do not drive colonization resistance to Clostridium difficile,” but rather “multiple diverse assemblages act in concert to mediate colonization resistance.”

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