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OpenBiome is the brown bank for fecal transplant recipients

14
Feb
2014

When pit against certain breeds of intestinal bacteria like C. difficile, which causes 14,000 deaths per year in the US, fecal transplants can be 90 percent effective — but where do you find a donor? Thats where OpenBiome comes in, a nonprofit started by two graduate students at Princeton and MIT. For just $250, the company will provide hospitals with fecal samples on demand, reports ScienceNews. Fecal transplants can be 90 percent effective — but where do you find a donor? OpenBiome operates out of an MIT research lab with clearance from the FDA, and sources its feces from a small community of researchers and scientists from Harvard and MIT.

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