What’s living in your crap? A stool sampling of science

One of the first things I learned was that everybody poops.  A two-humped camel makes a two-humped poop and a one-humped camel makes a one-humped poop.  Poo-poo platters most certainly equal poo-poo explosions.  Sometimes it’s green and sometimes it mimics marble-rye and girl’s definitely don’t poop at all.  But don’t poo-poo me as I digress, because as gross and childish as I’m being, serious science is being devoted to studying the creatures that thrive off our waste.  Scientists actually have identified certain strains of gut flora, that, if overabundant, can swing absorptive balances and cause weight gain.  Now researchers are tackling the next part of the question…how do we manage our colons to promote a healthy balance of gut flora?  Somehow, just explaining this paradigm shift is worth a whole article.  To me, it seems pretty obvious.  Anyway, another cool development came in a mouse study.  Gut flora from mice, having undergone bariatic surgery (holy relevance batman), are transferred to ‘fat’ mice who had not received the surgery.  Guess what?  Most of those mice lost weight, simply from the fecal transplant.  Enjoy your weekend, more science to come.

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