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Category Seminar
Date and Time 2008-09-05 16:00 - 17:00
Venue Seminar Room A7F
Speaker Paul Sternberg
Affiliation California Institute of Technology
Title Chemicals and Neurons Controlling Nematode Behavior
Poster click here to download(PDF)
Host Hitoshi Sawa
Summary We are trying to extend knowledge gained in studies of C. elegans to
parasitic nematodes, focusing on chemical signaling. The response of
C. elegans and other nematodes to carbon dioxide is one example. C.
elegans avoids carbon dioxide while some other worms are attracted to
this gas. We have identified sex pheromones that attract C. elegans
males and are testing other species. For each of these behaviors we
have identified specific types of neurons necessary for the response
to the environmental stimuli.