Fecal Matters

Client: Proto Magazine
Art Director: Chris Malec
Fecal Microbiota Transplants, or FMTs, sound like something out of a mad scientist's handbook, but they are in fact a fascinating, and surprisingly effective, way of curing certain digestive bacterial infections. They have a 90% success rate of curing the bacterium C. difficile, and show much promise in curing many others.
The basic idea is that you take feces from healthy donors and infuse them into the colon of sick patient so that the healthy bacteria overpowers the unhealthy bugs.
For this article about FMTs in Proto Magazine, the challenge was to illustrate the concept of how the transplants work without showing, you know, poop. The visual solution was to represent the digestive system as the laboratory where the bacterial cure is literally synthesized.

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