December 7, 2012
How Maggots Heal Wounds So Well
Paul Gabrielsen, Science Now
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.
TAGGED: FDA, Healing (physiological), Medicine, Maggots