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Researchers believe that the answer to treatment for serious illnesses may lie in some people’s stools.

TEMPE, Ariz. — A research company in Tempe is willing to pay you for, well, your poo.

Researchers believe that the answer to treatment for serious illnesses may lie in some people’s stools.

“People laugh that’s the first thing… what do you want me to do?!”

Jenni Starr of Seres Therapeutics said GoodNature in Tempe will pay $25 to $75 per “sample”.

“Up to $1,200 a month,” Starr said.

But why? GoodNature and its parent company Seres Therapeutic believe bacteria in the stool of healthy people can help treat a condition called Clostridioides difficile – also known as C.diff.

Dr. Andrew Carroll said C.diff is usually the result of antibiotics killing the good bacteria in your gut, allowing the harmful bacteria that cause C.diff to multiply, causing extreme diarrhea.

And the disease can be difficult to treat.

“It can be very serious because it can be deadly in some cases, you just can’t control it,” Carroll said.

“C.diff is only sensitive to a few antibiotics. And if they’re ineffective, we have very few tools to fight the infection,” Carroll added.

Seres Therapeutics hopes bacteria from healthy people can help. They develop a oral microbiome therapy to treat disease. The therapy relies on obtaining the “good” bacteria from healthy people.

So, to qualify for the money, you must be between 18 and 50 years old, in good health, able to provide samples several times a week, and meet other health requirements.

“It’s a novel idea. If it works, that would be great. But it’s going to take a lot of experimentation and a lot of fundraising,” Carroll said.

The company is located in Tempe, within walking distance of the Arizona State University campus.

Seres hopes to attract the right people with some money.

“We hope to be a place where everyone wants to come, sit down and use the bathroom. Why not?” Starr said.

Their product is always pending FDA approval. GoodNature will be open on Friday and expect to see at least 40 people next week.

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