Latest Caenorhabditis briggsae Stories
Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered, for the first time in any animal species, a type of “selfish” mitochondrial DNA that is actually hurting the organism and lessening its chance to survive – and bears a strong similarity to some damage done to human cells as they age.
Caenorhabditis are usually thought of as soil nematodes, happily living in compost heaps.
Scientists funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) at the University of Birmingham have discovered that a gene called DAF-16 is strongly involved in determining the rate of ageing and average lifespan of the laboratory worm C elegans and its close evolutionary cousins.
- Growing in low tufty patches.