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October 27th, 2008

I’m sure roundworms have noses.

Well, they don’t really have noses. But they do have a sense of smell. Well, they can sense chemicals in their surroundings.  C’mon, I anthropomorphize animals as a hobby, I can’t concern myself with these details.

 Anyhow, Dr. Kornfeld’s team at Washington University in St. Louis discovered a chemical that blocks the roundworms’ sense of smell, which then somehow lets them live a while longer. Likely has something to do with the lack of sensory input kicking the metabolism down a notch.  The moment they discover the connection, you’ll hear it here when Dominion’s Over!

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