Super worm

Written and directed by Pascal Cuissot

Music by Pierre Estève

Worms are everywhere: in the ground, in the seas, at the bottom of the oceans, in the ice of Alaska, and even in us! They are true soil engineers, who spend their time swallowing the earth and mixing mineral and organic matter with it. Their tube-shaped body and soft, slimy consistency inspires us with disgust. Yet worms have become stars of science.

Thanks to them, genetics have taken a giant leap forward and been able to decipher our genome. The worms help us discover the secret strategies of the parasites that affect more than a billion human beings. Thanks to an astonishing ability to “go to sleep” when external conditions are not favorable to them, worms are also the only living beings to have survived the disintegration of the space shuttle Columbia …