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AI Controls Laser-Guided Robot Worms
AI Controls Laser-Guided Robot Worms
Automated control of light-responsive nematode worms marks the first foray into the development of multicellular, biorobotic organisms.
AI Controls Laser-Guided Robot Worms
AI Controls Laser-Guided Robot Worms

Automated control of light-responsive nematode worms marks the first foray into the development of multicellular, biorobotic organisms.

Automated control of light-responsive nematode worms marks the first foray into the development of multicellular, biorobotic organisms.

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Eyeless <em>C. elegans</em> Perceives Colors: Study
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.
Chelsea Wood Tracks Parasites Around the World
Chelsea Wood Tracks Parasites Around the World
Amanda Heidt | Nov 1, 2020
The University of Washington parasite ecologist aims to understand how humans have changed the diversity and abundance of the enigmatic and misunderstood organisms.
Those We Lost in 2019
Those We Lost in 2019
Ashley Yeager | Dec 30, 2019
The scientific community said goodbye to Sydney Brenner, Paul Greengard, Patricia Bath, and a number of other leading researchers this year.
Image of the Day: Worm Rocket
Image of the Day: Worm Rocket
Emily Makowski | Dec 6, 2019
See the winners of the American Society for Cell Biology’s fluorescence imaging competition.
Increased Neuronal Activity Shortens Lifespan in Animals
Increased Neuronal Activity Shortens Lifespan in Animals
Ruth Williams | Oct 16, 2019
Suppressing the natural age-related increase in neuronal excitation lengthens the lives of worms, and there are indications that the same may be true for mice and humans.
Arsenic-Resistant Nematodes Found in Mono Lake
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.
Image of the Day: Sperm Donors
Image of the Day: Sperm Donors
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 18, 2019
Asexual female nematodes use their male offsprings’ sperm to fertilize eggs, but cast away their genes.
Researchers Analyze Genomes of 81 Parasitic Worm Species
Researchers Analyze Genomes of 81 Parasitic Worm Species
Ashley P. Taylor | Nov 5, 2018
The new data could help identify treatments for diseases ranging from river blindness to schistosomiasis.
Serotonin Involved in a Slug Host’s Response to a Parasite
Serotonin Involved in a Slug Host’s Response to a Parasite
Yao-Hua Law | Mar 12, 2018
Host slugs given Prozac to increase their serotonin levels no longer avoid parasitic nematodes, the same behavior seen in infected slugs.
Image of the Day: Better Together
Image of the Day: Better Together
The Scientist Staff, 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
A Bacterial Messenger Molecule Extends Healthspan
Sandhya Sekar | Aug 27, 2017
E. coli that make indoles protect older worms, flies, and mice from frailty. 
Genomic Analysis Leaves Tardigrade Phylogeny Unclear
Genomic Analysis Leaves Tardigrade Phylogeny Unclear
Abby Olena | Jul 27, 2017
The genomes of two species of water bears reveal clues about how they persist in extreme conditions, yet don’t resolve the animals’ debated evolutionary story.
Neuroscience of Early-Life Learning in <em>C. elegans</em>
Neuroscience of Early-Life Learning in C. elegans
Uri Bram | Feb 11, 2016
Scientists identify the brain circuits with which newly hatched nematodes form and retrieve a lifelong aversive olfactory memory.
Filming the Nematode Brain
Filming the Nematode Brain
Jef Akst | Jan 26, 2015
Researchers record the first whole-brain videos of an unrestrained animal, viewing neural activity as a roundworm moved freely around a Petri dish.
Caught on Camera
Caught on Camera
The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2014
Selected Images of the Day from www.the-scientist.com
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Apr 28, 2014
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Worm Subverts Plant Attack
Worm Subverts Plant Attack
Ed Yong | Apr 3, 2014
A parasitic nematode relies on a plant’s defense mechanism to invade and grow.
Predicting Worm Lifespan
Predicting Worm Lifespan
Jef Akst | Feb 13, 2014
Scientists engineer fluorescing nematodes to project the worms’ expected lifespans through flashes of light at just three days old.
Vitamin Deficit Can Boost Innate Immunity
Vitamin Deficit Can Boost Innate Immunity
Laasya Samhita | Jan 23, 2014
Researchers show that vitamin A deficiency can help protect mice against parasitic worm infections.