Seventeen volunteers let this worm live inside them to help defeat a dangerous disease

Roestenberg and her colleagues are infecting people with Schistosoma mansoni, one of five tiny waterborne worm species that cause schistosomiasis, a disease that sickens millions of people in Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America and kills thousands each year. There is no schistosomiasis vaccine and only one old, inadequate drug, praziquantel, to treat it. Infecting humans could help speed up the development of new interventions. Roestenberg has designed the experiment to prevent the parasites from reproducing, and she says the risk to volunteers is extremely low. Read more.

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Author: Dr. Baek

- Scientist (Microbiology, Synthetic Biology, Molecular Biology). - Founder / CEO of the biotech company Peption LLC. - Passionate about biotechnological innovations to address important global health issues.

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