FMT may induce change in political beliefs: study

A potentially darker side of faecal microbiota transplantation has been revealed by Melbourne researchers who say the technique could be used to manipulate people’s political beliefs.

Their prospective study looked at 29 consecutive patients who had undergone FMT at a single centre, mostly for refractory Clostridium difficile infection.

Before treatment patients and stool donors completed a questionnaire about their political beliefs, giving them a score of one to ten on a left-right political spectrum. Patients then repeated the questionnaire six months after treatment.