December 7, 2012

How Maggots Heal Wounds So Well

Paul Gabrielsen, Science Now


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Yes, maggots are creepy, crawly, and slimy. But that slime is a remarkable healing balm, used by battlefield surgeons for centuries to close wounds. Now, researchers say they've figured out how the fly larvae work their magic: They suppress our immune system.

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TAGGED: FDA, Healing (physiological), Medicine, Maggots

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