Undark Podcast #10: The Helminth Hackers

Our 10th podcast explores the small community of scientists and freelance self-experimenters investigating the use of parasitic worms in the treatment of a variety of autoimmune disorders. Also on tap: fake news and the strange sensory phenomenon known as Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR).

Old Friends: The Promise of Parasitic Worms

A small group of dedicated researchers — along with a growing number of desperate, self-experimenting patients like author Leah Shaffer — are trying to understand the potential of parasitic worms, or helminths, to treat a range of autoimmune diseases. The path to commercialization, however, is far from clear.