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Carlo RamosProfessor OberleMicrobiology9 December, 2019I Contain Multitudes 4Doxycycline is able to treat nematode worm infections because it kills the worms slowly in order to avoid “exploding nodules and scrotal inflammation”. The antibiotic makes the larvae unable to mature, makes the existing larvae stop reproduction, and will sometimes cause their cells to self-destruct. The dead worms do not have Wolbachia, so they can be killed easily. The only downsides are that the process takes up to 18 months and ,pregnant women and children cannot take it. It might also be difficult for some communities to get enough supply of the drug to accommodate everyone in an 18-month period.The drug works by attacking the worms’ Wolbachiasymbionts. Though Taylor found thatthe nematodes see Wolbachiaas a pathogen and destroy them, killing the