RePOOPulate brings a fresh cure



A recent study done by the University of Guelph has generated a synthetic poop to cure toxin-producing bacteria caused by Clostridium difficile.

Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a bacterial disease that causes severe diarrhea and intestinal problems such as pseudomembranous colitis, inflammation of the colon.

The cure is an artificial stool made from purified intestinal bacterial cultures grown inside a ‘Robo-gut’ in a Guelph laboratory. The find will also eliminate the risk of transmitting infectious diseases and it can be modified to suit individual patient needs.

Researchers hope that doctors will one day use the RePOOPulate concept to help treat obesity and inflammatory bowl disease by replacing abnormal microbial ecosystems.

C. difficile in Canada is one of the most frequent causes of infectious diarrhea in long-term care facilities and hospitals. The disease evolves when antibiotics begin to deteriorate a human’s good bowel bacteria.

The super-probiotic was created by Emma Allen-Vercoe, professor at the Guelph University Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.

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