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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Fecal Transplants and Microbiome Makeovers

Irritable bowel syndrome is one of those amorphous diseases of our modern times. Its potential causes involve the double whammy of diet and stress, and it’s hard to diagnose except by its symptoms, which can include bloating, abdominal pain, and diarrhea or constipation. More than 1 in 10 people in the U.S. suffer from it.

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