Bacteria Eats Parasitic Worms

December 3, 2019

Scientists at the University of Glasgow have discovered a new bacteria that eats parasitic roundworms from the inside out. Before roundworms attack their final host – an animal or a human – they first feed on bacteria as they develop. Usually those bacteria are disabled before they reach the parasite's stomach, making them harmless.  But Chryseobacterium nematophagum not only survives, it fights back.

 

 

The scientific name the scientists chose for the new bacteria means “golden bacteria, nematode-eating.” C. nematophagum  bacteria could prove very useful in helping control the spread of such worms (or nematodes) in plants, animal livestock, and even human beings.

 

Read full article in The Atlantic

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