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.
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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.

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3D illustration of a tapeworm infestation in a human intestine
Return of the Worms
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2021
Immunologists and parasitologists are working to revive the idea that helminths, and more specifically the molecules they secrete, could help treat allergies and autoimmune disease.
December 2021 - Gut Guests - Infographic
Infographic: How Worms that Reside in the Gut Could Influence Health
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2021
Research in animals and people supports a range of mechanisms by which the parasites affect physiology and immune responses.
Dongsha Atoll in the South China Sea
Ubiquitous Little Earthworms Might Have Got Around on Driftwood
Annie Melchor | Nov 1, 2021
Researchers also tried placing the worms on pigeons as part of a study aiming to uncover how the tiny invertebrates ended up all around the world.
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.
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.
Image of the Day: Early Bilaterian
Amy Schleunes | Mar 31, 2020
The newly described Ikaria wariootia was a small, wormlike creature that marked an important evolutionary step between early multicellular organisms and more complex modern animals.
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Beetle Larvae Can Survive on Polystyrene Alone
Nayanah Siva | Mar 11, 2020
Also known as superworms, the scavengers are able to digest the plastic, opening up the possibility of harnessing their abilities to help tackle our pollution crisis.
c. elegans sleep microfluidics
Microfluidic Chambers Trigger Sleep in C. elegans
Alejandra Manjarrez | Nov 19, 2019
This newly described behavior occurs spontaneously, but can be modulated by food availability, temperature, and the size of the chambers.
Living Electrical Wires Plug into Worm Tubes for Stability
Nicoletta Lanese | Nov 1, 2019
Cable bacteria can live in stirred-up sediments by associating with structures built by Chaetopterus variopedatus.
Infographic: Plugged In
Nicoletta Lanese | Nov 1, 2019
How bacterial filaments ferry electrons through marine sediment
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Flower Preservation, 1916
Catherine Offord | Feb 1, 2019
James Kirkham Ramsbottom saved Britain’s daffodil industry from a devastating parasite, only to be forgotten.
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.
Image of the Day: Velvet Worm
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 14, 2018
Researchers have recently identified a many-legged invertebrate from the Silurian period.
Surveying Biodiversity with Leeches
Diana Kwon | Jun 1, 2018
Scientists are searching for signatures of mammals within the blood meals of the invertebrates.
Image of the Day: Starved Worm
The Scientist Staff, 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: Guess Whose Leg  
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Nov 8, 2017
Scientists have developed a computer tomography device capable of visualizing objects at nanoscale. 
Genome Digest
Erin Weeks | Sep 9, 2013
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes  
Sticking Power
Kate Yandell | Jul 1, 2013
An adhesive inspired by a parasitic worm could help better affix skin grafts in burn patients.
Worm Bandage
Kate Yandell | Jun 30, 2013
Biomimicry yields a new type of patch that may help wounds heal faster.