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Worm Spit May Lick Liver Cancer

Thai liver worm in the bile ducts within the liver

A section of the Thai liver worm in the bile ducts within the liver, where it grows to adulthood and lives for decades. Credit: Prof Banchob Sripa

By Michael Smout

A liver worm is responsible for 26,000 cancer deaths every year, but a component in its spit could form the basis of a vaccine – and could even help to heal chronic wounds in diabetics.

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