(Rather than a peer reviewed journal, this looks more like a diary entry. It is dated several years prior.)
These... protein worms seem just like any other species of nemotada. So far. nemotodes have adapted to every environment we are familiar with unbelieve success and I suppose it makes sense that they would adapt to here too. Over a third occur as parasites so, again, it's not surprising that the proteinaceous variety find themselves that way as well.
Indeed, they are almost the same, or rather they would be if only they were alive. The protein worm is just that. Protein. Not alive, at least not in the traditional sense. It multiplies like a prion, infecting its host and converting the matter around it into more worms. Like prion diseases, it has no known effective treatment; it is resistant to enzymes, heat and radiation and unless your body can withstand a bone melting acid bath followed by a thorough autoclave steaming then you're stuck with them until you either kick the bucket from the neurodegenerative effects or from the hoards of larvae that burst from your body.
Ah. I forgot to mention the larvae. That's right, You become a worm propogation ground!
I'm guessing that's why the council is so interested in the poor souls that the receptionist sends their way, makes you wonder what they're doing since I've never seen them dispose of bodies-
(The last part is hastily scribbled out.)
The Council came to pick up another body after Davids and I finished sanitising the lab. This one was particularly bad since the host lived long enough to become comatose. When we opened him up his brains looked like curdled milk except it was ALL worms. It had even started to leak out of his nasal cavity. Davids is a mycologist, not a nemotologist so he's.... not used to the gross factor of worms inside someone.