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Love and learn: meet nematocin, the worm oxytocin

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You’ve heard of oxytocin, why not try nematocin? Oxytocin as a molecule goes very far back in our evolutionary history, and it turns out that the nematode C. elegans has its own version: nematocin (get it?). Sci is at Neurotic Physiology today talking about this newly discovered peptide and how it works in worms. And in C. elegans, it’s not about love or trust. It’s about learning. Head over and check it out.

Scicurious About the Author: Scicurious is a PhD in Physiology, and is currently a postdoc in biomedical research. She loves the brain. And so should you. Follow on Twitter @Scicurious.

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