Finding the 'Olympic Athletes of Poop' for Stool Donors

There may be no shortage of stool around the world, but finding potential donors for fecal micriobiota transplant is a much more involved process. Research has shown that only 4% of people are viable for the process.

There may be no shortage of stool around the world but finding potential donors for fecal micriobiota transplant is a much more involved process. Research has shown that only 4% of people are viable for the process.

Zain Kassam, MD, MPH, FRCPC, the Chief Medical Officer for OpenBiome, discussed the rigorous screening process the company uses to maintain a supply of stool samples that can be used for the procedure during a video interview at Digestive Disease Week 2015 in Washington DC.

Kassam said there are several factors that go into finding proper donors and a lengthy process is involved before any donated stool is processed and sent to a patient.