Can a virus from poop make us thinner?

University of Copenhagen

Episode 3 of the Tv-series Young Scientists and Food

See episode 1 of Young Scientists and Food, Can taste help to change the world? 

See episode 2 of Young Scientists and Food, Daniel powers up the milk-making process

PhD student Torben Sølbeck Rasmussen works in a laboratory at the Department of Food Science at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH FOOD), which is called "Poop Lab". Here he makes a shit extract of viruses from thin mice, which he hopes can make thick mice thinner. If the treatment is successful and can later be transmitted to humans, it has a huge potential. Although we know that the gut microbiome has a large impact on a wide range of diseases, fecal transplantation from a healthy donor to a sick recipient is used to a limited extent today, as there may be some risks. The new approach removes some of the risk and the hope is that over time the method can be developed into a completely safe treatment.