Serotonin is well known for being important in the regulation of people’s mood. We found that we can model the serotonin biochemical pathway using a sensitive measure for pharyngeal pumping in C. elegans.
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C. elegans’ feeding behavior strongly influences the worm’s aging and longevity. We tested adult worms to quantify how aging affects their feeding behavior. In older adults, pharyngeal pumping was weaker and less regular.
Nemametrix Inc., a life sciences startup that created the innovative ScreenChip System for drug screening, mutant phenotyping, and toxicological assessment, has entered into a marketing partnership with Knudra Transgenics, a genome engineering company specializing in custom built transgenic model organisms for research and drug discovery.
The NemaMetrix ScreenChip platform technology was recognized by the White House as one of the breakthrough life science research technologies. CEO Matt Beaudet spoke with Dr. Robbie Barbero of the US White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, who created a post on the White House website about the promise of new research technologies.
NemaMetrix announces being awarded $188,000 for a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Institute of Health. The funds will be used to support fundamental proof of concept research, with an eye towards near-term commercialization, of a microfluidic screening device for health-span extending drugs.