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The World in Medicine
March 17, 2004

Stool-Sniffing Science

JAMA. 2004;291(11):1313. doi:10.1001/jama.291.11.1313-d

Infectious diarrhea has many causes, and in the days it takes for current diagnostic techniques to diagnose the microbe responsible, the infection can spread quickly and kill. Now scientists from the British Royal Infirmary and the University of the West of England, both in Bristol, England, have proposed a novel solution to the problem: a technique that uses gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy to identify the culprit by analyzing the odor of the patient's stool (Gut. 2004;53:58-61).

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