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Stool bank pays $40 a day for your fecal matter

By Mason White 11:14 AM October 24, 2014
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By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A company is paying people for their fecal matter.

If you are in Massachusetts, you can earn money from your bodily functions.

The independent non-profit stool bank called OpenBiome, is offering volunteers $40 for each deposit, and it’s all for a good cause.

Stool samples are used to combat the deadly superbug known as C. difficile, which affects more than 500,000 Americans and kills approximately 14,000 per year.

The life saving procedure includes a fecal transplant. The treatment is becoming more popular and people are being invited to donate their poop at the OpenBiome stool bank.

Before this new treatment was created, patients with recurrent episodes of the C. difficile were sick for several months, and had only a 75 percent chance of survival.

Mark Smith, the research director of OpenBiome, said that his company works similar to a blood bank, where donors have to be tested to make sure that are healthy before donating.

OpenBiome also tests people before they donate the fecal matter and then they prepare the fecal matter so it can be used as a cure for C. difficile.