Sniffer worms' recoil helps drug hunters

2019-03-02 03:03:11

IT IS said that even the smallest worm will turn. Now that principle could be used to provide a new method of discovering potent drugs. Nematode worms turn and flee when they encounter substances they don’t like the taste of. They do this using two nerves in their head that act like “taste buds” and either attract or repel the worms from substances they encounter. So John McCafferty and his colleagues at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge, UK,