Bath University scientists hope research into fake excrement could tackle waste-related illness in countries that lack efficient sanitation

It’s not a project for those of a delicate sensibility. Scientists at the University of Bath are developing fake human excrement to help them understand the drying process of faecal sludge.

Made from a concoction of ingredients including yeast, hemp fibre, shredded tissue, peanut oil, calcium phosphate and water, the lab-created sludge is designed to replicate the chemical and physical properties of faeces as closely as possible.

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