Worms Do Calculus To Find Meals Or Avoid Unpleasantness

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 13:14 in Biology & Nature

Thanks to salt and hot chili peppers, researchers have found a calculus-computing center that tells a roundworm to go forward toward dinner or turn to broaden the search. It's a computational mechanism, they say, that is similar to what drives hungry college students to a pizza. A computer-like mechanism drives neuron expression for taste and smell.

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