Pig worms to treat autoimmune diseases

Swallowing the eggs of an intestinal parasite that usually affects pigs could be the next new treatment for auto-immune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn’s disease.

A US company, Coronado Biosciences, has developed a medicine consisting of thousands of eggs harvested from pig manure belonging to the porcine whipworm, suspended in a tablespoon of saline solution.

The treatment makes use of the theory that parasites, now largely absent from the insides of humans in richer countries, once played a crucial role in educating our immune systems.

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