It is the website Allday.com who writes about this some what special concept, as the non-profit organization OpenBiome is behind. The company's business idea is simply to provide hospitals with fresh stool samples for clinical use.
According to Time Magazine, the company pays $40 per sample, with an opportunity for a bonus of $50 if you deliver samples five days a week. The magazine estimates that a "donor" hence can earn as much as $13,000 a year from their stool.
Although it may sound tempting to sign an agreement with the company, there is a narrow needle's eye to pass through - only about four percent of potential donors are accepted, and they must also live near Medford, Massachusetts.
So far OpenBiome has sent around 2000 samples to nearly 200 hospitals, according to the Washington Post.
The reason for OpenBiome to pay money for something you usually flush down the toilet is that the feces from healthy people may help with a serious bacterial infection called C. difficile.
While the success rate of antibiotic treatment is between 30 and 50 percent, the success rate by a so-called feces transplant is much higher - in fact up to 95 percent.
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