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Worms May Hold Clues to Neurological Disorders

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Photo of Basiru Leigh examining worms under a microscope.

Harlem Children Society student Basiru Leigh examines mutant C. Elegans ground worms under a microscope, as he conducts an independent research project designed by his mentor, Paschalis Kratsios.

Credit: Georgia West Stacey, Harlem Children Society


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Photo of the nematode C. elegans.

The nematode C. elegans under the microscope (imaged using bright light).

Credit: Paschalis Kratsios, Columbia University


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Photo of C. elegans under yellow florescence.

This is an image of the same C. elegans worm taken under yellow florescence. Thanks to the green florescent protein markers, the entire nervous system is visible. Each yellow dot is the nucleus of a neuron. An accumulation of neurons is seen at the head of the worm (equivalent to the human brain) while other neurons are scattered throughout the body of the worm (equivalent to the human spinal cord).

Credit: Paschalis Kratsios, Columbia University


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Photo of Sat Bhattacharya with Harlem Children Society 2010 students.

Sat Bhattacharya with Harlem Children Society 2010 students at the weekly "HCS Workshop and Lecture Series in STEM & Allied Sciences," held at Rockefeller University in New York City.

Credit: Alejandro Galvan, Harlem Children Society


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