Published in Mental Health Business Week, January 7th, 2006
But good taste is not innate in worms. This makes olfactory learning a required subject for C. elegans, a creature with 302 neurons and a nervous system so simple that it is possible to map the individual neurons responsible for specific behaviors. Many of the genes that drive the nervous system of C. elegans have human homologs. Therefore, by studying the education of young worm gourmets, researcher Yun Zhang developed a model system for learning that may extend to humans in places like the Rockefeller University...
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