Monday, March 08, 2010

Teeny tiny

Got to sit in on a lab meeting today at the large and fancy university. Lots of what was discussed went waaaaaaaaaaaaaay over my head. Genome sequencing and microbes and such. But I was able to contribute a little to the bacterial discussion thanks to public radio!

I'd listened last night to a story about a guy who purposefully infected himself with hookworms, which you get from other peoples' poo, in order to cure his allergies. They use their sharp little teeth to sucker themselves into your GI system and can apparently help with allergies and autoimmune disorders. Now the guy sells hookworms from his own poo.

The story was well-received. I think.


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