Researchers from North Carolina State University (NCSU) have genetically modified maggots to help heal wounds. Maggots are already in use for medical purposes. They eat dead tissues and secrete anti-microbial factors, which are effective ways to decrease infection and promote healing. However, they do not quicken the healing process for wounds. The researchers genetically modified maggots to secrete a specific protein that helps heal tissues by kickstarting cell survival and growth. It is hoped that the genetically modified maggots can help treat wounds in diabetics that could otherwise lead to amputations.