Worms Promoting Gut Bacteria
Dr Yvonne Ai-Lian Lim, University of Malaya and Immediate Past-President of Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine
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Most people tend to avoid worms and parasites, but researchers of helminths know that these little worms may have more positive roles than we’d like to imagine. A recently published work found that parasitic worms may promote growth of probiotic bacteria that might one day help treat inflammatory bowel diseases. Prof Yvonne Ai-Lian Lim from the Department of Parasitology, University of Malaya tells us more about her role in this study, and how worms may earn their keep in our guts.
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