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SAt the entry threshold, the warnings are meant to be dissuasive: “Biological risk”, “Laboratory containment level 2”, “Access prohibited to unauthorized persons”. We nonetheless open the door with the consent of our hosts. A robust purr instantly envelops us. On the left, a kind of metal vault, virtually 3 meters excessive, occupies half of the room. The noise appears to be coming from there, in all probability from a big compressor. In a nook, a big display screen is split into six small squares, as many pictures relayed by the surveillance cameras which peer into the inside of this unusual machine.

But what does it include that’s so valuable? Or maybe, one thing so harmful… “Donations of human stools,” Marine Gilles, the engineering assistant, tells us…

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