Disgustingly Helpful Medical Advances

Jill Harness

Did you know parasitic gut worms may help prevent you from developing allergies? Or that the fluid excreted from maggots might actually be helpful in keeping your wounds clean? Were you aware that an even healthier version of human breast milk can be produced by mice spliced with human genes? The real question, of course, isn't how helpful these discoveries may be, it's how willing will people be to apply these treatments to themselves and their loved ones?

WebEcoist has a great collection of strange animal research advances, including the previously mentioned discoveries and more. Just be sure not to read the article around lunch time.

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