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Two years ago, Jonathan Scheiman grabbed a Zipcar and, for lack of a better term, turned it into a traveling pooper-scooper.

He cruised through Boston and Cambridge every day, picking up fecal samples from runners training for the Boston Marathon and storing them on dry ice. His aim: seeing if the bounties of bacteria found in the samples contained any secrets to the runners’ athletic success, and determining whether it would be possible to resettle such bacteria into the bodies of others.


Microbiome research is at the booming forefront of science, with experts digging into possible connections between the collections of bacteria we house in and on our bodies and everything from obesity and infectious disease to neurology and cancer. Scheiman’s interest is investigating if and how that extends to someone’s athletic performance.

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  • Great research! It would definitely be more comprehensive collecting and analyzing both Enteric and Uric acid excreted fluid specimens. However, without additional specific data about dietary preferences such as: Vegan, Vegetarian, Organic, lake, river vs. ocean fish or any other type of meats and separate them from Silicon Valley healthy Soylent or other & time contious, and NASA crew membership on clean protein controlled meal diets it would be miningless.
    How specific healthy bacterium was achieved/acquired and maintained might be a best route to emulate.

  • Check the urine instead, and you will find the answer as in the 2015 Boston Marathon winner doping on EPO. As a former rugby player our secret is that we play with leather balls.

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