Science has figured out a way to pretty up your poo AND improve your health.
Rainbow coloured poop is the latest offering from the science community; they hope it will be a less invasive way to figure out what’s going on in our bowels, as opposed to the usual colonoscopy which involves a large probe and anaesthetic.
Researchers at Rice University are on the case and are working with others at the prestigious Baylor College of Medicine to discover what causes colitis, an inflammation of the colon which affects many, many people worldwide – 146,000 in the UK alone.
It’s a chronic condition which makes life tough for those dealing with it.
The group zoned in on one particular molecule called thiosulfate which could be the cause of such colon problems.
However, they discovered these thiosulfates were a bit hard to find considering they had no tools for finding them. So being the brainiacs they are, a solution was created.
To find out if an increased level of the pesky thiosulfate can cause colitis they genetically engineered ‘sensor’ bacteria.
Upon sensing the presence of thiosulfates A.K.A an inflamed colon, the bacteria would create highlighter green signals in poop.
They put this bacteria into a mouse infected with colitis and one without. Just as they suspected, the infected mouse had bright green excrement.
The discovery could lead to a rainbow coalition of bacteria markers that could detect a lot more than just colitis.
“We’d like to develop a home inflammation test where a person prone to colitis flare-ups would eat yogurt that contained the engineered bacteria and see blue pigment in the toilet if they were sick,” said co-author of the study, professor Jeff Tabor on the Rice University website.
This bacteria could save them a lot of trips to the doctor and colonoscopies.
Tabor and his team have begun working with gastroenterologists to create this treatment for humans.