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A molecular ‘atlas’ of animal development

September 6, 2019

In a paper in Science, Penn researchers report the first detailed molecular characterization of how every cell changes…
This protein is how creatures sense cold—and it’s found in organisms ranging from tiny worms to humans

August 30, 2019

Researchers have identified a receptor protein that can detect when winter is coming. The findings, published in the…
Chance discovery could lead to breakthrough in battle against drug-resistant parasites

July 9, 2019

Andrew Fraser did not set out to study parasites, but when his team stumbled on an intriguing finding he…
Research on repetitive worm behavior has implications for understanding human diseases

May 20, 2019

Repetition can be useful if you’re trying to memorize a poem, master a guitar riff, or just cultivate…
Research on repetitive worm behavior may have implications for understanding human disease

May 8, 2019

Repetition can be useful if you’re trying to memorize a poem, master a guitar riff, or just cultivate…
Study highlights danger of vitamin B12 deficiency

March 18, 2019

Using roundworms, one of Earth’s simplest animals, Rice University bioscientists have found the first direct link between a…
Inside the brains of hungry worms, researchers find clues about how they hunt

February 28, 2019

Perpetually hungry, worms are strategic when it comes to searching for food. The microscopic roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans, or C. elegans,…
Gut-brain connection signals worms to alter behavior while eating

December 21, 2018

When a hungry worm encounters a rich food source, it immediately slows down so it can devour the…
Smell and behaviour: the scents of taking action

November 6, 2018

In all animals, including humans, smell – the oldest of the five senses – plays a predominant role…
In tiny worms, researchers find spiking neurons—and clues about brain computation

October 8, 2018

Contrary to popular belief, the brain is not a computer. However brains do, in their own way, compute.…
Scientists investigate how DEET confuses countless critters

October 2, 2018

DEET, thought to be the most effective insect repellent available, may not be an insect repellent at all.…
In the tissues of a tiny worm, a close-up view of where genes are working

September 26, 2018

Now, a team at Princeton’s Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics (LSI) has produced new resources for C. elegans research: a comprehensive view…
A Lot of Nerve

September 7, 2018

“Being so many different sizes in a day is very confusing,” said Alice to the Caterpillar after shrinking…
Researchers propose new theory of aging

August 21, 2018

A high-energy molecule present in every cell, adenosine triphosphate (ATP), is the form of stored energy used to accomplish…
Genes drive ageing, making normal processes damaging

August 10, 2018

Ageing in worms mainly results from the direct action of genes and not from random wear and tear…
Squishy hydra’s simple circuits ready for their close-up

August 1, 2018

Just because an animal is soft and squishy doesn’t mean it isn’t tough. Experiments at Rice University show…
Drowsy worms offer new insights into the neuroscience of sleep

June 1, 2018

A good night of sleep entails about eight hours of blissful immobility—a state of near paralysis that, though…
A Drop of Insight: how genes get passed from parent to child

May 28, 2018

We know a lot about how genes get passed from parent to child, but scientists are still unraveling…
Brain-gut communication in worms demonstrates how organs can work together to regulate lifespan

March 2, 2018

Our bodies are not just passively growing older. Cells and tissues continuously use information from our environments—and from…
Scientists shed light on biological roots of individuality

February 19, 2018

Put 50 newborn worms in 50 separate containers, and they’ll all start looking for food at roughly the…
A Brain Chemical Blamed for Mental Decline in Old Age Could Hold Key to Its Reversal

February 9, 2018

It’s a fact of life, for lifeforms big and small, that the mind declines with age. Now researchers…
Survival Mode in a Tiny Worm’s Brain

January 26, 2018

Caltech researchers have now discovered how this worm, with such a limited neurological system, can so drastically change…
In the sex lives of male lab worms, one gene makes a big difference

October 13, 2015

For tiny nematode worms of the species Caenorhabditis elegans, males are rare and generally irrelevant in nature. That’s…
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