London: Scientists have developed a new yoghurt drink which changes the colour of your faecal matter to diagnose an illness, a feat they say could one day help detect a range of diseases from stomach ulcers to cancer. The British researchers who developed the probiotic drink said it works by interacting with the food in the stomach that turns the stools into a variety of hues depending on the ailment and how sick a person is. The drink has so far been able to detect the progress of e.Coli -- but the researchers hope one day it could diagnose far more conditions, the Daily Mail reported. Even colorectal cancer, worms or a stomach ulcer could one day be pinpointed by people peering into the toilet until no brown remains, they said. British designers Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg and James King developed the disease detecting drink by first genetically engineering bacteria to secrete a variety of coloured pigments that are visible to the naked eye. The duo had designed standardised sequences of DNA, known as BioBricks, and inserted them into E-coli bacteria. Each BioBrick part contains genes selected from a range of existing organisms that allows the bacteria to produce colours like red, yellow, green, blue, brown or purple. People would simply have to drink a special concoction and diagnose themselves by looking at their poop, they said.
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