Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis are preparing to recruit people with Crohn's disease to ingest swine whipworm eggs as part of a study evaluating whether the parasites will help alleviate their symptoms. "It's a natural way to dampen inflammation," said physician and professor Themos Dassopoulos. "It resets the tone, the thermostat in the immune system of the colon. The goal is to change the balance so you have more of the good bacteria, and the bad bacteria gets suppressed by overpopulation of the good guys."

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