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New Probiotics and Poop Pills

I’ve been seeing a lot of media articles recently on applications of gut microbiome research in health in terms of pills and probiotics. One article talks about a start-up that is trying to create various pills filled with bacteria associated with different positive health effects. Of course, there is the question if such probiotics will thrive in the gut or just get pooped out. But with cases such as people with C. difficile infections, this could be really beneficial.

Another related article discusses “poop pills,” which are essentially fecal transplant pills. Normally, this treatment has been used to cure C. diff infections, but in this case it is being used to curb obesity. The poop pills are going through a trial right now to see if they will work. I’m really excited to see if the concepts here, which have been talked about at length in the scientific community, will have visible health impacts. It could really be a game-changer for health issues like obesity.


Alex Alexiev

Alex Alexiev is a recent UC Davis graduate with a BS in microbiology working in Jonathan Eisen’s lab on aquariums as part of the microbiology of the built environment.

2 thoughts on “New Probiotics and Poop Pills

    1. We have posts here at microBEnet about all sorts of topics, some of which are just about microbiology, some are just about sequencing, some are just about buildings. I assume you are just trying to be snarky or rude here since I assume you must know that not everything here is about microbiology AND the built environment at the same time. Regardless, can you please stop making this kind of comment (this is not the 1st time)? I don’t think it is helpful or useful.

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