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Human stool treatment upends race to treat colon germ

Dr. Christine Lee, an infectious disease physician, poses in a lab at St. Joseph's Healthcare (hospital) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, November 22, 2012. Drugmakers racing to develop medicines and vaccines to combat a germ that ravages the gut and kills thousands have a new challenger: the human stool. For patients hit hardest by the bacterium Clostridium difficile, also known as C. diff, getting a "stool transplant" could become a standard treatment within just a few years. Lee has more performed than 100 of the experimental procedure that is proving to be a godsend to patients. The five-minute bedside procedure cured the infection and prevented recurrences in 90 percent of patients, said Lee. Picture taken November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Cassese

Dr. Christine Lee, an infectious disease physician, poses in a lab at St. Joseph's Healthcare (hospital) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, November 22, 2012. Drugmakers racing to develop medicines and vaccines to combat a germ that ravages...more

Dr. Christine Lee, an infectious disease physician, poses in a lab at St. Joseph's Healthcare (hospital) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, November 22, 2012. Drugmakers racing to develop medicines and vaccines to combat a germ that ravages the gut and kills thousands have a new challenger: the human stool. For patients hit hardest by the bacterium Clostridium difficile, also known as C. diff, getting a "stool transplant" could become a standard treatment within just a few years. Lee has more performed than 100 of the experimental procedure that is proving to be a godsend to patients. The five-minute bedside procedure cured the infection and prevented recurrences in 90 percent of patients, said Lee. Picture taken November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Cassese
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Dr. Christine Lee, an infectious disease physician, poses in a lab at St. Joseph's Healthcare (hospital) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Cassese

Dr. Christine Lee, an infectious disease physician, poses in a lab at St. Joseph's Healthcare (hospital) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Cassese

Dr. Christine Lee, an infectious disease physician, poses in a lab at St. Joseph's Healthcare (hospital) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Cassese
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Dr. Christine Lee, an infectious disease physician, poses in a lab at St. Joseph's Healthcare (hospital) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Cassese

Dr. Christine Lee, an infectious disease physician, poses in a lab at St. Joseph's Healthcare (hospital) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Cassese

Dr. Christine Lee, an infectious disease physician, poses in a lab at St. Joseph's Healthcare (hospital) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Cassese
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