If you have been waiting for the day when you could finally just look at your poop instead of going to the doctor to figure out what the hell is going on in your stomach, you may not have to wait much longer. E. chromi is a new probiotic yogurt drink that actually changes the color of your feces in order to communicate any stomach ailments you may have. Although it is only used to detect E. coli today, in the very near future it will be able to detect the above viruses and such, with magic colorful poop power.
While researchers have so far only suggested that the drink could be used to track the progress of E. coli, they believe that one day it can diagnose conditions like colorectal cancer, worms, stomach ulcer and salmonella just by people looking into the toilet to check the color of their remains.
British designers Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg and James King developed the disease detecting drink by first genetically engineering bacteria to secrete a variety of colored pigments that are visible to the naked eye.
The team had designed standardized sequences of DNA, known as BioBricks, and inserted them into E. coli bacteria. They explain that each BioBrick part contains genes selected from a range of existing organisms that allows the bacteria to produce colors like red, yellow, green, blue, brown or purple.
They explained that by combining these with other BioBricks, bacteria could be programmed to do things like indicate whether water or food is safe to drink or eat by turning red if they sense a toxin.