Researchers claim a molecule found in the spit of a parasitic worm can bolster the healing process for diabetics, the elderly and smokers with lingering wounds.
A team of scientists from the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine discovered the molecule granulin, found in the saliva of a parasitic liver fluke in Southeast Asia, can "supercharge" healing. They hope more testing will produce an advanced healing cream for patients.
The team came across the molecule and its power while attempting to create a vaccine for a liver cancer caused by the worm. The molecule, researchers said, is "one of a family of protein growth factors involved with cell proliferation."
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