Hacking your microbiome with DIY fecal transplants

Biohacker Josiah Zayner suffered from persistent digestive problems so he decided to undertake an extreme self-experiment: He isolated himself in a hotel room, took massive doses of antibiotics, and then gave himself a fecal transplant to transform his own microbiome. Mark Frauenfelder and I interviewed Josiah about biohacking, cheap genetic engineering kits, and, of course, his own full body microbiome transplant in this episode of For Future Reference, a new podcast from Institute for the Future:

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  1. Hmmm. Well, I think that's enough internet for today.

  2. Fecal transplants might sound like shitty science (hurr hurr) but they've been getting a lot of legitimate traction. Using someone else's feces to overhaul your intestinal flora seems to really work.

  3. I don't have time to listen to the podcast until much later today, but the most obvious question I want answered is "where did he get the fecal matter?" I see no point in inserting your own poop back in there after cleaning out your biome, do you ask a friend for some of their poop, or buy it on some kinda poopy black market?

    And how do you know you're getting the "good shit"?

  4. [Citation needed​]

    Seriously though; if you have a link, I'd love to read it. Otherwise, I've been internetting too long to Google "Hitler shit transplant"...

  5. Just don't click any DeviantArt links.

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