One of those is OpenBiome, a nonprofit stool bank that pays $40 a poop to a very select crowd of healthy, generous people. Donors have to make their delivery to the Boston-based office within an hour of, you know, making the delivery. But to get to the point where they’re given the coveted blue sample buckets to take home, donors have to pass a 179-question interview, a 30-item blood test, and commit to donating several times a week for two months. Only about 3% of interested donors make the cut, according to Sasha Lieberman, a spokesperson for OpenBiome. Even then, only the finest poops are selected: too hard or too sloppy, and they'll be denied.
After all that, the company is ready to process your poop into a $385 milkshake or a $535 batch of pills, which it sells to doctors. That price, which Lieberman says only covers costs, is similar to the $400 or so for a course of vancomycin -- except that the poop is far more likely to work.