Illustration of blue shiny mitochondria
Worms Live Longer with Mitochondria Powered by Light: Preprint
Increasing mitochondrial activity in worms by engineering a light-activated proton pump into the organelle’s membrane extends the animals’ lifespan without evidence of health decline, according to a preprint.
Worms Live Longer with Mitochondria Powered by Light: Preprint
Worms Live Longer with Mitochondria Powered by Light: Preprint

Increasing mitochondrial activity in worms by engineering a light-activated proton pump into the organelle’s membrane extends the animals’ lifespan without evidence of health decline, according to a preprint.

Increasing mitochondrial activity in worms by engineering a light-activated proton pump into the organelle’s membrane extends the animals’ lifespan without evidence of health decline, according to a preprint.

Caenorhabditis elegans
MUSCLE CONTROL: Researchers pinpoint how C. elegans (pictured) manages to expel food from its mouth.
The Science Behind How Roundworms Spit
Diana Kwon | Dec 1, 2021
By viewing countless hours of expectorating worms, researchers discover a unique way in which neurons control the movement of muscles.
a close-up photo of C. elegans worms
Eyeless C. elegans Perceives Colors: Study
Shawna Williams | Mar 4, 2021
The roundworm uses cues from visible light to help avoid eating toxic bacteria with a distinguishing hue.
Worm Embryogenesis: Cell by Cell and Gene by Gene
Kerry Grens | Dec 1, 2019
A single-cell map of C. elegans’s transcriptome during development finds cell lineages that start out genetically different and end up as cells of similar function and genetic profile.
Arsenic-Resistant Nematodes Found in Mono Lake
Abby Olena | Sep 26, 2019
Researchers recovered eight species from the salty, alkaline environment—increasing the known biodiversity of animals in the California lake five-fold.
c elegans reproduction longevity gene TCER-1 health immune system genetics research model
C. elegans Healthier Without Longevity Gene
Chia-Yi Hou | Jul 17, 2019
Worms with the reproduction-related TCER-1 gene deleted could fight off infection for longer and survived better when exposed to heat and radiation.
Worms’ Magnetic Sense Questioned
Abby Olena | Apr 25, 2018
Unsuccessful attempts to reproduce the results of a 2015 study reporting that C. elegans orient themselves by Earth’s magnetic field spark debate among researchers.
Image of the Day: Starved Worm
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Nov 14, 2017
A heat map of gene expression provides insights on the genes that help C. elegans survive severe caloric restriction.  
Image of the Day: Better Together
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Oct 5, 2017
When it comes to thwarting roundworms, scientists find that combining four antiparasitic drugs in smaller doses packs a greater punch than the four drugs alone.
A Bacterial Messenger Molecule Extends Healthspan
Sandhya Sekar | Aug 27, 2017
E. coli that make indoles protect older worms, flies, and mice from frailty. 
Study: Eating Less Helps Worms Learn
Aggie Mika | Aug 2, 2017
Food restriction decreases a metabolite that impedes associative learning in worms.