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Maggot-breeder taking part in UK-wide trials.

A SOUTH Wales company which pioneered the use of maggots for the treatment of open wounds, is now taking part in a UK-wide trial.

Eight hospitals in England and Wales plus 200 patients will take part in the investigation into whether maggots bred from the green bottle fly in Bridgend can provide a new wounds treatment.

It is aimed at backing up claims that maggots can successfully cleanse open wounds, such as those caused by diabetes or pressure sores which have failed to respond to normal antibiotic treatment.

The maggots' breeder - ZooBi-oticof Coychurch - is joining forces with the Department of Wound Healing at Cardiff University to conduct the trial, which will take place in the hospitals with patients recruited over the next 12 months.

Professor Keith Harding, head of the Department of Wound Healing at Cardiff University and clinical director of Wound Healing at Cardiff & Vale NHS Trust, will be the trial's chief investigator.

He said: "I have been very impressed with the use of maggots in wound cleaning and am keen to back up this experience with clinical evidence."

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jul 9, 2009
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