The Scicurious Brain

The Scicurious Brain

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Love and learn: meet nematocin, the worm oxytocin


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.

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