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Kimberly-Clark Obtains Patent for Artificial Feces


"The company makes among other things diapers, baby wipes, and training pants. Material for testing these products adequately has until now been a problem, both in obtaining a reliable supply from infants and in overcoming the repugnance of the laboratory technicians (the job description must be something). Patent 5356626 was granted to a pair of researchers who developed a synthetic substitute that is free of odor and capable of being tinted any color; the company has selected brown for the product so far. Apparently they do not intend to market it, for novelty gifts or any other purpose."


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