Microbiome: Could it protect people from parasitic worms?
Nearly 25 percent of the world’s population is currently infected with parasitic worms like hookworm, whipworm or roundworm, according to the World Health Organization. However the gut microbiome can be altered to protect people from becoming infected with parasitic worms.
That is what researchers at Washington University in St. Louis made the suggested after studying the microbiomes of individuals from Liberia and Indonesia. They found in fact that the guts of individuals infected with parasites share common microbes — even if they live in completely different geographic locations. Similarly, healthy individuals whose bodies can clear out parasites without treatment seem to share a common gut bacteria.
So, could you fight off worms? The research is at the begining but the answer seems depends on your gut microbes.