Paid To Go Potty: Local Research Lab Will Pay Volunteers For Stool Samples

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Cambridge-based research lab says you can help save lives just by doing what you do in the bathroom.

The project is called Poop with Purpose -- an initiative that is offering to pay people for donating their stool.

"Donors could earn up to $50 per donation," Dr. Shrish Budree said. "The stool will be used to develop investigational micro-biome treatments for serious medical conditions."

Dr. Budree said those who plan to donate on a daily basis could earn up to $1500 extra dollars per month. The biggest "catch" is that you have to produce the donation at the program's lab in Cambridge.

"It would be a normal toilet with a collection device," Dr. Budree said. "It may seem unpleasant, but it is something that if you think about the end goal, you're actually helping people in the end."

According to the website, the lab is located between Central Square and Kendall Square with access to public transportation and free on-site parking.

Donors must be healthy and between the ages of 18 to 49 years old. Dr. Budree added that the aim of the program is to find donors "within the Boston area" who can donate at least 2-3 times per week.

If you are eligible and interested in applying to become a donor for Poop with Purpose, you can do so here.

WBZ's Matt Shearer (@MattWBZ) reports.

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Written by Rachel Armany

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