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Baby chicks could be given faecal transplants to ward off infections

Chicks in a pen

Bacterial infections in chickens can lead to food poisoning

H. Mark Weidman Photography / Alamy Stock Photo

Farmed chickens could receive faecal transplants to protect against the infections that cause food poisoning in humans. A pilot study suggests the transplants are remarkably effective, and the team behind it are now trying to make it work on an industrial scale.

Paul Wigley at the University of Liverpool, UK struck upon the initial idea after hearing that babies born by Caesarean section may have an unusual mix of microorganisms in their guts, because they have not passed through …