The creatures, which appear in the area every spring, reportedly have jaws strong enough to tear through human skin.
The bizarre creatures are colloquially known as "Elvis worms" due to their shiny scales being reminiscent of the King of Rock's famous sequinned suits.
Bacteria that consume methane were found to burrow into the worms' skin, allowing them to get nutrients from the greenhouse gas.
Hirotsu Bio Science claims that their clinical trials found the test effective in 85 percent of cases with a single drop of urine.
Zhu Zhong-fa,43, went to the hospital for a persistent headache that lasted more than a month, but when doctors scanned his brain, they found he had hundreds of tapeworms living there.
"It's highly likely that any pollution that impacts the health of soil fauna, such as earthworms, may have cascading effects on other aspects of the soil ecosystem, such as plant growth," researcher Connor Russell said.
While the finding could have exciting implications for many scientific fields, the thawing of permafrost may not be good news for humankind.
The 26-year-old is thought to have contracted the infection after horse-riding or fishing.
About 650 Canadians requested permission to get a medication to treat hookworm from the Canadian health regulator in 2015. Like this couple, some were denied.
This particular species of worm, Auanema rhodensis, has three possible sexes: male, female and hermaphrodite.
Hippocrates described unidentified parasitic worms in his medical texts 2,500 years ago. Ancient human poop just revealed which ones.
In lab tests, researchers found that the larvae form of the darkling beetle can biodegrade plastic foam.