The truth about poo: we’re doing it wrong (and the exciting field of gut bacteria research)


#1

This article is a bit old (and doesn’t mention Soylent), but it does talk in a vague way about gut bacteria, by way of the book ‘Charming Bowels’ by Giulia Enders.

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/may/18/truth-about-poo-doing-it-wrong-giulia-enders-squatting

Has anyone read the book, or got any more information about gut bacteria and health? It sounds like a relatively unexplored field that could have implications for future Soylent formulations.


Over generations, mice deprived of fiber permanently lost some species of gut microbes
#2

I have heard of the use of fecal transplantation to restore the bacteria from a donor to a patient. I assume this is in the same vein.

http://thefecaltransplantfoundation.org/what-is-fecal-transplant/

http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/gastroenterology_hepatology/clinical_services/advanced_endoscopy/fecal_transplantation.html


#3

Fascinating. Also how on earth is “stool transplant” not an April Fool.


#4

I’m also now wondering if I can become a poop donor.

A link on the Wikipedia page linked above suggests that there’s a non-profit startup in America that might accept donations.

For science!


#5

That’s about enough crap out of you.


#6

You could always do a DIY at home fecal transplantation. (story)

It might get a little messy, though.


#7

Unfortunately I live alone, although I have been meaning to get to know the neighbours better.