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A study of faecal transplants had to be stopped early because it was so successful – it was three to four times more likely to cure the difficult to treat gut infection Clostridium difficile than the strong antibiotic vancomycin.

While they might sound gross, faecal transplants from healthy donors, administered via a tube up the nose,  are turning out to be very effective at halting these very nasty infections. An alternative could be a dose of synthetic poo.

Read the original paper in the New England Journal of Medicine, or an article in Nature.

Researchers have partly sequenced the genome of the second case of the new coronavirus that has emerged in the Middle East (the patient currently in London), and confirmed that it is the same virus as that infecting the man who died in July. They have also confirmed that it is not the came as the virus that causes SARS.

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