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What are medical researchers learning from leeches? The answer on today’s Creation Moments Minute.
Physicians used leeches in bloodletting treatments well into the 19th century. As the 20th century matured, the medical use of leeches became not only a memory but a symbol of how backward medicine used to be. Now, as the 21st century is underway, leeches are again a part of modern medicine.
To obtain their food, leeches inject a powerful blood thinner called hirudin. Doctors have for many years been using a blood thinner called heparin to dissolve blood clots. But researchers are finding that hirudin is ten times more effective than heparin in dissolving clots, and in addition it works directly to prevent clotting.
The Creator of the heavens and Earth is so wise and generous that He can teach even modern science some new things through a seemingly simple creature like the leech.
For Creation Moments Minute, I’m Darren Marlar.