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Natural pest control protein effective against hookworm: A billion could benefit
Date:7/23/2013

which are present in some probiotics, says Aroian. In the current research researchers showed that a small dose of Cry5B, expressed in this bacterium can achieve a 93 percent elimination of hookworm parasites from infected hamsters. That, says Aroian, is substantially better than current drugs.

The scientific significance of the research, he says, is that "bacteria similar to those that are food gradewhich are cheap and can readily be mass produced--can be engineered to produce molecules that can cure parasitic diseases."


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