You can donate blood, plasma, eggs, and sperm. Thanks to a nonprofit organization called OpenBiome, you can cash in to the tune of $13, 000 a year — and save lives while you’re at it. Since 2013, OpenBiome has been processing and shipping loads of it all over the country.
There’s a catch: You don’t just have to be healthy. You have to be really healthy.
“It’s harder to become a donor than it is to get into MIT,” joked co-founder Mark Smith (who would know, as he got his PhD in microbiology there).
Of the 1,000 or so potential donors who’ve expressed interest on his Web site over the past two years, only about 4 percent have passed the extensive medical questioning and stool testing.
“Everyone thinks it’s great that they’re making money doing such an easy thing,” Fellow co-founder Carolyn Edelstein said, “But they also love to hear us say, ‘Look, your poop just helped this lady who’s been sick for nine years go to her daughter’s graduation.'”
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