“Brown bank” opens for business in US

As the world’s first public stool bank begins shipping specimens to hospitals for transplant to combat Clostridium difficile infections, an Australian expert has cast doubt on the enterprise.

OpenBiome is the brainwave of two graduate students at Princeton and MIT who got the idea to set up the bank after a friend experienced difficulties in getting an FMT to deal with a refractory C. diff infection.

Housed in an MIT lab, the not-for-profit  bank has so far sent over 100 stool specimens to over a dozen hospitals and clinics since