How stool banks could become a patient’s ‘microbial Noah’s ark’

Enabling people to store faecal samples could help treat future illnesses, US authors argue

US experts have called for the wider use of ‘stool banks’ for patients to store faecal matter from their younger, healthier selves to be used to rejuvenate their gut in later life. 

Much like cord blood banking, where parents can save their newborns’ umbilical cord blood, researchers argue for stools to be banked for potential future use in autologous faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT).