Meet the scientist who agreed to a unique experiment: volunteering to grow a tapeworm inside his intestines and monitor the effects on his health.
- After swallowing a tapeworm cyst, Dr Leahy lived with a tapeworm for 11 weeks.
- After three weeks, Dr Leahy began to lose weight.
- By week 10, Dr Leahy began passing tapeworm eggs in his stool.
- At week eleven, Dr Leahy received medication and passed a 3m-long tapeworm!
Mike Leahy is a biologist with a passion for parasites. He volunteered to grow a beef tapeworm in his small intestines.
Dr Mike Leahy, University of Salford, UK – "As in a lot of scientific experiments you can do a lot in glass and tubes but really you need to confirm ...