Some Projected Uses for the Axenic Cultivation of Helminths

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  • National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, Maryland

It would be esthetically inappropriate to use the dinner hour as the time to describe the details of the cultivation of parasitic nematodes. Fortunately, the symposium last year gave me the opportunity to present a review of the work, which was subsequently published in the Journal through the kindness of Drs. Hackett and Stoll and, therefore, available to those of you who may be interested in reading it.

I am not sure that what I have to say now will be any more entertaining but if you are in a philosophical mood, it might be appropriate to explore a few intriguing and perplexing problems in helminthology, some aspects of which may be profitably approached using bacteria-free cultivation procedures.

Purely fundamental investigations concerning the conditions necessary for growth, differentiation and reproduction of parasitic helminths in vitro are basic to obtaining the information which will permit the profitable use of cultivation procedures in an applied form.

Author Notes

Laboratory of Tropical Diseases.