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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
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
Laasya Samhita | Jan 23, 2014
Researchers show that vitamin A deficiency can help protect mice against parasitic worm infections.
Dying Worms Emit Ethereal Glow
Ruth Williams | Jul 24, 2013
A head-to-tail wave of blue fluorescence signals the death of a nematode worm.
Chris Palmer | Jun 19, 2013
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Inhibit Mitochondria to Live Longer?
Sabrina Richards | May 22, 2013
Researchers find that reducing mitochondrial protein production in some animals can increase lifespan by activating a protective stress response.
The Sound of Salt
Sabrina Richards | Jan 30, 2013
A putative ion channel integral to mammalian hearing turns out to be an elusive salt-sensing chemoreceptor in nematode worms.
Can Worms Alleviate Autism?
Sabrina Richards | Nov 27, 2012
Autism researchers are testing the ability of whipworm eggs to treat autism in a new clinical trial.
Genomic Methylation Collector
Beth Marie Mole | Oct 22, 2012
A parasitic worm accumulates epigenetic DNA tags over its lifetime.
Oil Spill Changes Microbe Communities
Jef Akst | Jun 8, 2012
The beaches around the Gulf of Mexico harbor different nematodes, protists and fungi now than they did before the Deepwater Horizon disaster in April 2010.