Personal microbe bank for healthy gut bacteria

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While useful for preventing infections, antibiotics can impact a patient’s own gut microbial community, which is necessary for healthy digestion. To combat this, OpenBiome has developed a technique for patients to repopulate their own unique healthy bacterial community — using their own feces. Called PersonalBiome, the process involves patients creating their own ‘microbiome’ bank using a stool sample. The sample is then frozen and stored, ready for reactivation when required, in a similar way to sperm or egg freezing. The PersonalBiome is then delivered to the patient by orally administered capsules. This is an extension of OpenBiome’s "Fecal Microbiota Transplantation"…

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