Belgian scientists ask for faeces donors


It will help to found solutions into illnesses ranging from bowel disorders and allergies to neurological diseases. Now, in the actal experiment, researchers extract good microbiota – tiny organisms living in the colon – from donors to transfer it to sick patients in hope of repopulating their guts. There is a big problem: people do not always want to donate their faeces. A media campaign was started to help. Faeces might prove to be an asset in finding remedies for many other diseases, including allergies and cancer, scientists say.

Ghent University hospital

“Microbes are at the centre of the system. The bacteria in the gut produce hormones that will affect the brain. They also help us to clear out the bad ones and digest certain things,” biomedical researcher Hannelore Hamerlinck said. Donors must be in good health to participate in the research. They are always welcome. Ghent University Hospital is one of the largest hospitals in Belgium, with more than 1,000 beds and about 6,000 employees.


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