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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 discovery pushed the team to pursue a way to recreate the molecule so it could be used for medical purposes. The team was able to pinpoint the part of the molecule that healed, allowing the molecule to be mass produced.
It is now being tested and researchers hope clinical trials are in the molecule's future.