Has the worm turned for IBD?

Patients suffering from autoimmune diseases could quite feasibly have their symptoms alleviated by the parasitic worms of pigs, an Australian study shows.

Treatment for inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and even autism may soon include a dose of Trichuris of pigs or at least a drug designed on its genetic sequence, if researchers from Melbourne University have their way.

“We know that humans infected with the harmless ‘pig whipworm’ can have