Thursday, September 27, 2007

Listen up, maggots.

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In the realm of totally awesome science, I skipped across this story on my morning drive, and indeed, doctors are now using maggots as part of diabetes treatment. I am beside myself with joy.

While the actual mechanism as to how the beastly little critters work is somewhat nebulous, the basic conceit is thus: Maggots are applied, caged in a series of bandages on the dying tissue, typically on the foot in a diabetic case, and there they chew up or debride the necrotic tissue while leaving the living tissue room to grow, stimulus to do and with little to no incident of infection.

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