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Using poop to cure gut infections

Los Alamos National Laboratory aims to make fecal transplants a thing of the past.
February 23, 2018
Anand Kumar

Anand Kumar works with a biosafety level 2 facility at Los Alamos studying Clostridium difficile bacteria, a serious health threat worldwide. Kumar, an Entrepreneurial Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory, is a member of the lab's Biosecurity and Public Health group.

Using poop to cure gut infections

by Anand Kumar

SANTA FE, N.M. — If all disease begins in the gut, as Hippocrates declared more than 2,000 years ago, then surely the cures for those diseases must be tied to the gut, as well. That’s the basic idea behind research at Los Alamos National Laboratory that aims to make fecal transplants a thing of the past.

The gut – a.k.a. the gastrointestinal tract that starts at the mouth and ends at the anus – contains trillions of bacterial cells. A majority are good bacteria that reside in the nearly 30 feet of the large and small intestines. These good bacteria are responsible for a person’s overall health.

This story first appeared in Albuquerque Journal.


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