• Question: what made you want to study worms?

    Asked by jennasmith to Samantha on 28 Jan 2014.
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      Samantha Hughes answered on 28 Jan 2014:

      Hi Jenna,

      This could be quite a long answer so I will try to keep it short! The tiny worm Caenorhabditis elegans is an amazing model organism and has many uses in science (but as all it does is eat bacteria on rotting fruit in your garden it doesn’t have much use otherwise!). I started using C. elegans to study the impact of some nasty heavy metals in the environment and now I use it to understand cancer at a very basic level. This link will show you what I do (and the worms!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLP2k6jlaig

      Hope that answers your question! 😀