Topic: Jon Pierce-Shimomura

First Magnetic Field Sensor Discovered in Animal

June 17, 2015
Magnetosensor in C. elegans worms

Researchers have identified the first sensor of the Earth’s magnetic field in an animal, finding in the brain of a tiny worm a big clue to a long-held mystery about how animals’ internal compasses work.

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Mutation Stops Worms From Getting Drunk

July 16, 2014

Neuroscientists at The University of Texas at Austin have generated mutant worms that do not get intoxicated by alcohol, a result that could lead to new drugs to treat the symptoms of people going through alcohol withdrawal.

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2012 Retrospective: Looking Back on a Historic Year

Dec. 20, 2012

2012 has been quite a year on the Forty Acres: two national championships, a new med school on the way and major research achievements, for starters. Read on for more.

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The high value of short-lived worms

Jan. 30, 2012
The high value of short-lived worms

Researchers have devised a simple test using dopamine-deficient worms for identifying drugs that may help people with Parkinson's disease.

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"Parkinsonian" Worms May Hold the Key to Identifying Drugs for Parkinson's Disease, Says Scientist

Nov. 10, 2011

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have devised a simple test, using dopamine-deficient worms, for identifying drugs that may help people with Parkinson's disease.

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