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Earn from your Poop upto $13k

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Poop, as we all know, is not exactly friendly dinner table
conversation, unless of course the money earned from donating your poop
is covering the bill. That’s right, money for poop. Let me explain.

Faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is a process whereby faecal
matter from a healthy donor is administered into the colon of someone
with an unhealthy gut, usually someone who has suffered recurrent
infections of the aggressive intestinal bacteria known as Clostridium difficile, which can cause severe diarrhea and sometimes prove fatal.  
Infections commonly occur during hospital stays, and result from ingesting the bacteria, which
live in human excrement. Usually the bacteria will be kept in check by
the multitude of microorganisms residing in your gut – so long as you’re
healthy.
If you’ve recently taken antibiotics for some unrelated
health concern, however, you may not be so lucky. These drugs suppress
the ‘helpful’ organisms in your digestive system and allow the C.difficile to establish itself in the intestine
Somewhat ironically, the conventional treatment for a C.difficile
infection, is – you guessed it – antibiotics. But poop transplants
either through nasal administration or colonoscopy are an increasingly
popular (out of desperation, anyway) alternative, which, in trials, have
been shown to cure up to 90 percent of infections. Although it’s not exactly clear why, bacteria from the introduced poop becomes dominant and helps the gut to recover. But getting healthy poop is a problem. 
This is where OpenBiome
comes in. The non-profit organisation based in Massachusetts in the US
is seeking ultra-healthy stool donors, and if you pass their rigorous
screening process, you could earn some cold hard cash. 
They pay
$40 per donation, plus a $50 bonus if you can make five on-site poops in
a week, so they’re especially interested in locals. If you can commit
to that hectic schedule for a full calendar year, your earning potential
from poop could reach about $13,000.
Not so fast though – becoming a donor isn’t easy. As Rachel Feltman of The Washington Post reports,
only 4 percent of the roughly 1,000 potential donors who’ve expressed
an interest have passed the extensive medical questioning, blood
screening and stool testing. You can peruse OpenBiome’s step-by-step registration and screening process at their website
“It’s harder to become a donor than it is to get into MIT,” co-founder Mark Smith, who got his PhD in microbiology at MIT, jokingly told TheWashington Post.  
Their
rigorous screening process is designed to keep recipients safe, as
there may still be some unknown complications that arise from FMT. It
was recently reported that a woman in the US rapidly gained weight, to the point of being obese, following an FMT from an overweight donor. 

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Once OpenBiome has your poop,
they mix it with a buffer to protect its bacteria, and then put it
through a homogenisation and filtration process, which removes any
unwanted bulk and fibre. It’s then frozen inside a plastic bottle at
minus 80 degrees Celsius, and eventually shipped – on ice – to one of
their 180 partner hospitals across the US. 
Smith helped found OpenBiome in 2013 after watching a friend struggle for nearly two years with a recurring C. difficile infection. “I never thought that after getting my PhD I’d start mailing poop around,” he told TheWashington Post. “But here I am.”
In case you’re still in the dark about how poop transplants work, check out the below video by MinuteEarth: 
 

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