In this week’s Medical Discovery News by UTMB’s David Niesel and Norbert Herzog: As gross as it may sound, fecal transplants are getting lots of attention as an option for C. diff infections. First tried in the late 1950s, the rationale for this approach is that the disease occurs because the bacterial populations are disrupted, so providing a source of normal bacteria restores the ecology of the intestine and prevents C. diff from growing. The column also appears in the Abilene Reporter-News.