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The Worm Crew

In this video, Tufts University School of Medicine gastroenterologist Joel Weinstock tells of how he first began studying the effects of parasitic helminth infections on inflammatory bowel diseases:

A recent article published by The Scientist on the use of worms in the use of disease treatment reads:

Weinstock and his colleagues hypothesized that rather than the presence of some environmental factor leading to the uptick in certain autoimmune disease, perhaps the absence of something was to blame. Maybe steering clear of worm infections was also robbing individuals living in industrialized nations or developed urban centers of crucial immune-system modulation that had arisen through millennia of coevolution with these parasites, they reasoned.”

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