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3D illustration of a tapeworm infestation in a human intestine
Return of the Worms
Immunologists and parasitologists are working to revive the idea that helminths, and more specifically the molecules they secrete, could help treat allergies and autoimmune disease.
Return of the Worms
Return of the Worms

Immunologists and parasitologists are working to revive the idea that helminths, and more specifically the molecules they secrete, could help treat allergies and autoimmune disease.

Immunologists and parasitologists are working to revive the idea that helminths, and more specifically the molecules they secrete, could help treat allergies and autoimmune disease.

flatworms
December 2021 - Gut Guests - Infographic
Infographic: How Worms that Reside in the Gut Could Influence Health
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2021 | 3 min read
Research in animals and people supports a range of mechanisms by which the parasites affect physiology and immune responses.
Image of the Day: Regenerating Worms
Amy Schleunes | Feb 3, 2020 | 1 min read
Planarian flatworms grow to double their normal size when scientists inhibit a gene that suppresses growth.
Oded Rechavi Studies the RNA Nematodes Pass to Their Offspring
Emily Makowski | Jan 13, 2020 | 3 min read
The Tel Aviv University researcher is interested in how the macromolecules affect the health and behavior of successive generations of worms.
Image of the Day: Double Header
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 8, 2019 | 1 min read
Scientists have manipulated the electrical signals that help guide flatworms in regenerating their body parts to encourage a flatworm to grow two heads.
Image of the Day: Circularity
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 15, 2018 | 1 min read
A marine flatworm swarms in a circular fashion off the coast of Guernsey.
Flatworms’ Synapses Steer Body Shape
Aggie Mika | May 25, 2017 | 2 min read
Just by perturbing the animals’ neural connections, scientists changed their regenerated forms—causing some to grow an extra head. 
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