Using Pig Parasite Eggs to Treat Diseases?
A Burlington-based company is working on a unique treatment for debilitating conditions.
Would you ingest the eggs of a parasite found in the feces of pigs to help treat debilitating diseases such as Chrohn's Disease and rheumatoid arthritis?
That is the project of Burlington-based Coronado Biosciences Inc.
Fox News reported that the bio company is currently working on a treatment with pig parasites to help patients with autoimmune conditions.
According to the story each dose of the treatment will consist of thousands of microscopic parasite eggs, which are found in big feces, that a patient can ingest with a tablespoon of saline solution. In pigs these eggs grown into mature "whipworms" where they then reproduce. In humans, the eggs only live a couple weeks, but while they are inside a person they appear to modulate his or her immune system and prevent it from attacking the body's tissues and organs.
Coronado Biosciences is preparing to begin clinical trials with people suffering from Crohn's Disease and a German company is going to conduct 'mid-range trials.' The two companies will compare notes for a possible roll-out of a new treatment in 2016 or 2017.
What do you think? Is this a stomach-turning idea or a fascinating use of unlikely things to help people in need?