To be a scientist!


At the University of California, scientists helped the fight against alcoholism by plying hundreds of thousands of worms with alcohol. They succeeded in finding the gene responsible for drunkenness in worms and hope this will help the study of alcoholism in people.
The alcohol seemed to affect the worms much like humans: " The drunken worms moved slower and more awkwardly than sober ones, and laid fewer eggs." However, as neurobiology professor Steven Treistman of the University of Massachusetts Medical School commented, "'Humans are a lot more complicated than the worm." Source

7 comments:

satire and theology said...

"'Humans are a lot more complicated than the worm."

Yes, humans need to not get hooked in the first place, but we all have our struggles.

Baba Doodlius said...

I don't know about more "complicated", but I personally know quite a few humans who are not nearly as intelligent as most worms.

Sindi said...

That was interesting and ...
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY :-D

R.E.H. said...

are a lot more complicated than the worm

Well, I would certainly HOPE so ;) hehe....

Happy Valentine's Day!

InnerNinja said...

i'm not sure there is a gene for drunkeness. i think it is more of a general response to the CNS depressing effects of alcohol, to which some people may possess a greater genetic predisposition.

but what do i know, i'm just a freaking ninja.

Sandy Kessler said...

ah money well spent !!!

odd facts said...

It is experiments like these that make me want to become a scientist.