Photo: "Essence of Maggot" Ointment to Heal Wounds Faster?



Battlefield medics hundreds of years ago were the first to notice that bloody wounds infested with maggots actually heal faster than "clean" wounds. (Above, maggots crawl across a raw steak.)

In June 2009 scientists announced that they had found the key to maggots' healing properties: an enzyme in the fluids the larvae secrete to help them prepare dead tissue for consumption.

Photograph by Polka Dot Images via Photolibrary


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