Fight against parasitic disease supported by worm hormoneHormone-like molecules in tiny worms called nematodes, on a biochemical level, works similarly to the way in which specific hormones work in humans, as per a new research at UT Southwestern Medical Center. It is believed that this finding would one day help in eradicating worm infections that tend to affect a third of world’s population.

A new molecule that activates gene involved in development and reproduction of Caenorhabditis elegans, a common research worm about the size of a pinhead, was discovered by researchers at the UT Southwestern.

The research was funded by HHMI, the Welch Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Jay and Betty Van Andel Foundation, the Department of Defense and the Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology.