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The Food and Drug Administration approved the first therapy using bacteria from stool samples to treat a bowel disorder on Wednesday, paving the way for several similar treatments in development.

The drug, called Rebyota, is given as a one-dose treatment for Clostridium difficile infections, commonly known as C. diff., in which the toxin-producing bacteria disrupts the normal balance in a person’s digestive system. Rebyota is designed to restore balance by introducing good bacteria taken from donor stool samples. 

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