Oh poop.

On average, donors drop by the laboratory to make two to three deposits a week into the stool bank, Smith said. They are researchers from the broader Harvard and MIT community, and are paid $40 per donation. Smith has even created a kind of informal competition among the donors to see who can make the most generous contributions. So far, the researchers have learned that people with large body mass have something of an advantage, and the trophy so far for largest single deposit—a squatting wrestler—has gone to a person who provided a sample that could be used to treat 10 people. [link]

Bacteria from baby poop can help make delicious sausages, which could transform savory meats into health foods much like probiotic yogurts, according to new research. [link] [original research]

Baby poop sausages definitely sound disgusting. But in reality, they’re not nearly as gross as you’d think based on these sensationalistic news stories. In fact, you have probably already consumed foods or supplements made with a bacterial strain derived from human feces without even knowing it. [link]

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