A team of Aberdeen researchers are on the hunt for poo donors.
Scientists at the Rowett Institute hope their research will help create treatments for people with a range of conditions, including C.difficile.
Healthy stools can be used in faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT), a powerful treatment which can help patients with recurrent C.diff.
The project is being led by biotechnology firm EnteroBiotix, and researchers hope it will provide an effective treatment where the condition has become resistant to antibiotics.
Donor manager Claire Kidd said: “There are a number of different sides to the programme.
“There is so much antibiotic resistance to C.diff that those kinds of treatments are not often effective.
“This is a more therapeutic way of treating it.
“As well as creating products which can be used in the treatment of C.diff, the team will be working on a number of other clinical trials over the next couple of years.
“That means there is the potential for us to be able to help people with other medical conditions as well.”
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Researchers hope the treatment can be administered in liquid form or as capsules.
Claire admitted that although there has been a high level of interest in the research, not everyone who comes forward is able to take part.
She said: “The criteria for taking part is quite tight.
“It has to be as it will be a product which will be going into other people.
“We are looking to find 10 people to get us started and take it from there.
“We are looking to expand. Hopefully there are other diseases that can be treated as well, so we want to get as many people as possible.”
The researchers are looking for volunteers between the ages of 18 and 60 who are fit and healthy non-smokers and who are happy to visit the Rowett Institute’s dedicated facility at least once a week.