A Canadian company reports that it has come up with another way to deal with the complications of a C. diff infection. Researchers have created an artificial stool that provides purified intestinal bacteria grown in the laboratory. This material is called RePOOPulate and the company claims that it is safer than fecal transplants and less yucky. The synthetic stool offers a standardized treatment without the risk of introducing unknown pathogens from a human donor.
[Microbiome, Jan. 9, 2013]