To Test the Effects of Drugs Scientists Develop Worm EEG

by Rukmani Krishna on  May 25, 2013 at 11:25 PM Research News
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A device which records the brain activity of worms to help test the effects of drugs was developed by scientists from the University of Southampton.
 To Test the Effects of Drugs Scientists Develop Worm EEG
To Test the Effects of Drugs Scientists Develop Worm EEG

NeuroChip is a microfluidic electrophysiological device, which can trap the microscopic worm Caenorhadbitis elegans and record the activity of discrete neural circuits in its 'brain' - a worm equivalent of the EEG.

C. elegans have been enormously important in providing insight into fundamental signalling processes in the nervous system and this device opens the way for a new analysis. Prior to this development, electrophysiological recordings that resolve the activity of excitatory and inhibitory nerve cells in the nervous system of the worm required a high level of technical expertise - single microscopic (1mm long) worms have to be trapped on the end of a glass tube, a microelectrode, in order to make the recording. The worms are very mobile as well as being small and this can be a challenging procedure.

Source: Eurekalert

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