Neurotoxin exposure is implicated in the etiology of neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Traditionally, vertebrate animals such as rodents and fish have been used for experimental work in neurotoxicology. However, researchers are increasingly turning to invertebrates such as the nematode, C. elegans, for a variety of compelling reasons
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Q: The Arena instrument maintains internal temperature – why is this important for C. elegans studies? A: The nematode C. elegans is commonly reared in the laboratory at temperatures between 15°C and 25°C, and worm growth and development drastically change even within this 10°C temperature range. Worms reared at 20°C and 25°C will grow 1.3 […]