Would you infect yourself with a parasitic worm?

Well, why on Earth would I do that?!

Helminths, or parasitic worms, are microscopic organisms that can squirm their way into your body – and although that might make you feel squeamish, with the right number of worms they can actually do your body good.

Ongoing research headed by Sheila Donnelly from the University of Technology Sydney is looking at how helminths can help combat autoimmune diseases like diabetes and multiple sclerosis – but to figure out why exactly, some researchers first have to infect themselves with the worms!


  • Sheila Donnelly – Associate Professor in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney.

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