Would You Use a “Smart Toilet”?

Researchers are developing a “smart toilet” that contains a slew of technologies to detect disease markers in stool and urine, possibly before other symptoms manifest. The Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Brian Rubin explains, “We currently don’t have access to continuous genetic data that’s pouring out of feces and urine… But we do know that a variety of nucleic acids and proteins are secreted in urine and fecal material, and they do provide insight into what’s going on in the human body. It’s the kind of thing that could really take medicine to the next level.”

Nature Biomedical Engineering, April 2020