Meet The People Doing Poop Transplants The Government Doesn’t Want Them To image

Buzzfeed, June 28, 2017
Nidhi Subbaraman, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)


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Some scientists and legal experts have suggested that poop be regulated like a tissue — something that was derived from the body, and therefore subject to less stringent regulation than an artificial substance. A handful of startups and pharmaceutical companies are attempting to identify and isolate active bacterial species, and turn them into poop pills, but only two of those attempts are being expanded into large-scale trials. No one has yet been able to distill the combination of ingredients in some people’s poop that has such a seemingly miraculous effect.

It’s unlikely that the FDA will change its position until the messy procedure is replaced with such a pill. Once that happens, some experts expect the FDA will probably shut down poop transplants. That’s Rachel Sachs’s bet, anyway. 

“We don’t actually know because in some ways it’s without precedent,” Sachs, a professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis, told BuzzFeed News. [...]

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