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Regulators Grapple With an Unorthodox Therapy

Science  30 Aug 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6149, pp. 956
DOI: 10.1126/science.341.6149.956

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The rapid rise of fecal transplantation, coupled with pressure from enthusiastic patients and doctors, has regulators wondering how to respond. While European and Australian regulators have not yet stepped in, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asserted its authority over the procedure in May—although it partially backtracked in July.

  • * Jop de Vrieze is a science writer in Amsterdam.