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How worms move: Dopamine helps nematodes coordinate motor behaviors

June 30, 2020

How worms move: Dopamine helps nematodes coordinate motor behaviors

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David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

For a nematode worm, a big lawn of the bacteria that it eats is a great place for it to disperse its eggs so that each hatchling can emerge into a nutritive environment. That’s why when a worm speedily roams about a food patch, it methodically lays its eggs as it goes.

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Producing a gaseous messenger molecule inside the body, on demand

June 29, 2020

Producing a gaseous messenger molecule inside the body, on demand

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David L. Chandler | MIT News Office

Nitric oxide is an important signaling molecule in the body, with a role in building nervous system connections that contribute to learning and memory. It also functions as a messenger in the cardiovascular and immune systems.

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A focused approach to imaging neural activity in the brain

June 26, 2020

A focused approach to imaging neural activity in the brain

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Anne Trafton | MIT News Office

When neurons fire an electrical impulse, they also experience a surge of calcium ions. By measuring those surges, researchers can indirectly monitor neuron activity, helping them to study the role of individual neurons in many different brain functions.

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