A group of Harvard think tanks they did a study to determine that the poop it must be frozen for the future of humanity and the treatment of certain infectious diseases.
This stool bank would be essential so that it can be stored indefinitely and used to restore an unbalanced gut microbiota if necessary, in order to do fecal microbiota transplants (FMT), which have become a standard treatment for chronic infections caused by by Clostridioides difficile.
By cleansing a person’s gut microbiota with antibiotics and then introducing stool from healthy donors, the microbiota can be restored in a way that prevents harmful bacteria c diff I am back.
The proposal comes from researchers at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and has been presented in an article published Thursday in Trends in Molecular Medicine.
One of the discussions among scientists is that it would be better to store the poop of healthy people, of active age, and that it would be similar to what is already done with stem cells.
“However, there is greater potential for stool storage, and we anticipate that the possibility of using stool samples is much greater than for umbilical cord blood,” said senior author Yang-Yu Liu, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard. .
Autonomous FMT would not be a cheap procedure and would possibly require liquid nitrogen for storage.
“Autologous FMTs have the potential to treat autoimmune diseases such as asthma, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, obesity, and even heart disease and aging,” said co-author Scott T. Weiss, professor of medicine. at Harvard and associate director of the Channing Division of Network Medicine at BWH. “We hope that this paper will prompt some long-term trials of autologous FMT to prevent disease.”