SCIENTISTS are set to test freeze-dried pills containing the faecal matter of healthy and lean donors in a bid to tackle the obesity crisis.Why would you think that a small dose of oral bacteria from a slim donor would overwhelm the huge population of bacteria already present in the gut?
Twenty obese volunteers will be taking part in the research and each will be receiving capsules that include several grams of stool from slim donors.
The pills will be taken every week for six weeks without making any changes to their normal diet and exercise habits while researchers track any changes.
These health and weight recordings will be taken at three, six and 12 months, with the potential to continue further depending on the success of the trial.
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The method has been tested in a number of animal studies and some anecdotal data in humans and has proved effective.
Previously, researchers took the gut microbes from a set of twins, one slim, one obese, and transplanted them into two sets of microbe-free mice.
The mice were on the same diet but those who got the obese twin's microbes became plumper, while the mice who received the lean twin's microbes remained slim.