Study suggests new way to battle common intestinal infection
The question of which came first, the whipworm or the whipworm egg, leaves out a key player: bacteria.
Eggs of the parasitic whipworm, whose potential hosts include humans, won’t hatch in their host’s intestine until they get the go-ahead from nearby gut bacteria, researchers report June 10 in Science.
The work reveals how the parasite avoids hatching in the wrong place. It also highlights that parasite-host interactions don’t occur in isolation.
“This is a very nice illustration of the interdependence of things,” says Rick Maizels, an immunologist at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland who was not involved in the work. The findin