Feces Don't Fail Me Now: Baylor Docs May Have a Way to Doo Away With Colonoscopies
|Oh, like you don't already have one of these stored under your bathroom sink.|
This was a hands-on project. According to a study published today in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, "Patients were instructed to collect an aliquot of feces using a paper spoon and to store it in a hermetically sealed plastic container." The container was then sealed in a Ziploc bag and stored overnight in the volunteer's refrigerator or freezer, then brought to a hospital the next day.Which means ....? No more colonoscopies! Well, OK, maybe: Those few dozen volunteers who scooped their poop were subjected to a few false positives and false negatives. Still, says an accompanying editorial in the Journal, it's big news for those researching the possibilities of fecal DNA. Which, of course, is also a band name!