Monday, 12 September 2011

Faecesbook

I've previously blogged about faecal transplants used to heal extreme diarrhea.  Now it seems our gut flora is getting its own equivalent of Facebook!  New Scientist reports on the social networking site MyMicrobes which aims to bring together people who share the same intestinal bacteria:
  • "The site offers its users a way to meet people with similar gastrointestinal complaints, and provides a forum for sharing diet tips and digestive anecdotes with one another - remember, we did say it was niche. In exchange for providing users with the ability to share their - quite literally - innermost thoughts, the researchers will gather a wealth of data about the bacteria that live in peoples' guts."
I'm sure Art Ayers would approve!  Personally I think I'll stick with Facebook.

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