Leeches are enjoying a well-deserved resurgence in popularity now that modern medicine has discovered their usefulness in speeding wound healing by increasing blood circulation. This clip is a promo piece for Nova Science Now’s episode about leeches, with Mark Siddall, “lord of leeches” at the American Museum of Natural History. There’s lots more leechy goodness on NOVA Science Now’s Leech page, and here is Mark Siddall’s leech blog. If you are interested in raising leeches (!!!), here are some pages about raising and care.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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