The US Government Sells Human Poop

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Thanks to Rich Press and NIST for the terrific visit.
Thanks to Dr. Steve Choquette, Dr. Ben Place, and Dr. Johanna Camara for instructing us about the world of Standard Reference Materials.
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Montgomery, R. & Bercik, I. (2022). NIST Standard Reference Materials 2022 Catalog. –

Vincent, J. (2022). Made to measure: why we can not stop quantifying our lives. The Guardian –

Proffitt, A. (2022). NIST Develops Monkeypox Reference Materials, Sees Growing Role in Outbreak Response. Diagnostics World. –

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Written by Derek Muller & Emily Zhang
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  1. Since they have Domestic Sludge there, do they also have Import Sludge by any chance?

  2. if that peanut butter is not safe to eat its not safe to use as a standard

    its also a good note to add that some standard references are highly criticized and ridiculed for being biased or not truly standard

  3. There is NO reason for a jar of peanut butter to be $1000. What an absolute waste of taxpayer dollars. And why do they have samples of human tissue?

  4. Abdullah Ibne Mobin

    Poop and peanut butter should not have been discussed together… It’s toxicology @vertasium 😁

  5. Not in this economy… Peanut butter is well over $5…

  6. Wow, I live super close to Gaithersburg!

  7. You are telling me I can buy a meal in a bottle 😂🤣

  8. Wouldn’t that mean that almost everyone’s poop is non-standard ?

  9. I love that nick was calm majority of the time and sypher was yelling

  10. Makes the times Wario and Mario are sorta duking it out more compelling. Both get their brothers involved and both are sorta continuing their father’s feud. 3:-)

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