Scientists Used Pieces From Hydra To Rearrange The Brain Of Mutant Worm
- Scientists used parts from a Hydra to rewire the brain of a mutant worm.
- Synapses are the computer circuitry of the brain's logic gates, limiting certain signals while amplifying others and translating chemical fluctuations into something meaningful.
Scientists used parts from a Hydra to rewire the brain of a mutant worm. With their delicate wiring and gentle whispering of chemical information, brains aren't the easiest organs to study. Now that we've discovered that we can replace several essential chemical systems without the host animal knowing, this research could be made a little easier. The microscopic worm Caenorhabditis elegans was genetically handed bits of a nervous system obtained from a radically different creature, a fascinating freshwater organism known as Hydra, in a proof-of-concept study done by a team of US researchers.