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Biotherapy: Medicinal Maggots and Invertebrate Immunology from the Clinician’s Perspective

  • Ronald A. Sherman
  • Edwin L. Cooper
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Abstract

Biotherapy is the practice of using live animals to treat or diagnose illness. Recent advances in technology have allowed us to better understand the mechanisms of action behind modalities such as maggot therapy, leech therapy, and helminthic therapy from a biochemical and immunological perspective. In turn, as our knowledge of vertebrate and invertebrate immunology has grown, we have applied this knowledge to advance human health through applications in pharmacotherapy and nutrition.

Keywords

Biotherapy Maggot therapy Leech therapy Pharmacology Nutrition Wounds Myiasis Food and Drug Administration Honey bee Hirudo medicinalis Lucilia sericata 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.BioTherapeutics, Education & Research (BTER) FoundationIrvineUSA
  2. 2.Laboratory of Comparative Immunology, Department of NeurobiologyDavid Geffen School of Medicine, UCLALos AngelesUSA

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