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New regulations put in place because of Covid-19 have left one of the largest U.S. banks of donated stool unable to regularly ship samples to physicians and research collaborators, forcing a delay in fecal transplants across the country for most of the last six months.

The extended quarantine of material from OpenBiome — a nonprofit based in Cambridge, Mass. — has likely affected fecal microbiota transplants at most academic medical centers.

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