Researchers discover how maggots help heal wounds

12/11/2012 | ScienceMag.org

Doctors have known for centuries that maggots can help heal wounds, but how they worked was poorly understood. Not only do maggots eat dead tissue, they secrete proteins that reduce inflammation, researchers reported in the journal Wound Repair and Regeneration. The researchers are working to develop a wound-healing drug based on the secretions.

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