C. elegans

9 May 2013
C. elegans

In a recent paper published in Current Biology, Professor Ichiro Maruyama, head of the Information Processing Biology Unit at OIST, and colleagues have uncovered the molecular and cellular mechanisms behind how an organism senses alkalinity in its environment. While much is known about how acidity is monitored, this is the first research to uncover the basis for how an organism, specifically the worm Caenorhabditis elegans, monitors alkaline pH. The green fluorescence indicates the neuron, ASEL, in the brain of the worm C. elegans.

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