Sadowsky, Khoruts Sound Cautionary Note on FMT

C difficile bacteria
Monday, February 29, 2016

In today's issue of Nature Microbiology, University of Minnesota professors Michael J. Sadowsky, PhD, and Alexander Khoruts, MD, warn against the spread of fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) into clinical or domestic settings that may not allow for the proper administration of the therapy. They note that the relative simplicity of using FMT to treat recurrent C. difficile infections has led to "the proliferation of an unregulated FMT industry around the world, as well as 'do it yourself' protocols. . . . Such practices are potentially risky, as they generally lack the necessary rigor for pathogen screening." Earlier this month, Dr. Khoruts delivered a lecture on this topic hosted by the Consortium, The Evolving Human Microbiome, which was moderated by Prof. Sadowsky – video of that event can be found here. The next lecture in our microbiome series, Fecal Microbial Translplantation, will be presented on March 8 by pediatrician Stacy A. Kahn, MD, of the University of Chicago.