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November 28, 2005

The Beeb tells us that a parasitic worm protects its hosts against inflammation:

Researcher Dr Padraic Fallon said: "This study is particularly exciting as it harnesses how the worm modifies immunity in our bodies to stimulate protection from undesirable inflammation.
"There is a clear potential to build new treatments for major disease of man using this approach.
"In effect I see the worm as the 'drug cabinet' of the future."

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He said many scientists across the world were testing the potential medical properties of parasitic worms.
For instance, a US team is infecting volunteers with an intestinal round worm, and a team in Nottingham is conducting similar experiments with hookworms.

This is a reckless and foolish idea: it's how the Goa'uld got us in the first place!

Posted by Jonah at November 28, 2005 4:47 PM