The New Yorker’s Article on Fecal Transplants is Excellent

Fecal bacteria sample

On Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT), from a recent (excellent) New Yorker article by Emily Eakin:

“Nothing in health care works ninety per cent of the time,” Mark B. Smith, a microbiologist at M.I.T. who is a co-founder of OpenBiome, the stool bank, told me. Zain Kassam, a gastroenterologist who is OpenBiome’s chief medical officer, put it this way: “It’s the closest thing to a miracle I’ve seen in medicine.”

This piqued my interest; as Darius Tahir put it on Twitter,


Pretty much. I’ve written about fecal transplants and the microbiome a number of times in the past few years – see here, here, and here, for starters – and am glad to see some of the same research discussed in this article.

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