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    Evaluating Baseline and Sensitised Heat Nociception in Adult Drosophila
    Authors:  Josephine N. Massingham, Olga Baron and G. Gregory Neely, date: 07/05/2021, view: 555, Q&A: 0
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    Chronic pain is a complex disease that affects a large proportion of the population. With little to no effective treatments currently available for patients, this malady presents a large burden to society. Drosophila melanogaster has been previously used to describe conserved molecular components of nociception in larvae and adults. However, adult

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    A Method to Quantify Drosophila Behavioral Activities Induced by GABAA Agonist Muscimol
    Author:  M. Rezaul Karim, date: 04/20/2021, view: 730, Q&A: 0
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    Muscimol is a psychoactive isoxazole derived from the mushroom Amanita muscaria. As a potent GABAA receptor agonist, muscimol suppresses the activity of the central nervous system, reduces anxiety and induces sleep. We investigated the effects of muscimol on Drosophila behavior. Drosophila behavioral assays are powerful tools that are used to

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    Developing Biohybrid Robotic Jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) for Free-swimming Tests in the Laboratory and in the Field
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    Biohybrid robotics is a growing field that incorporates both live tissues and engineered materials to build robots that address current limitations in robots, including high power consumption and low damage tolerance. One approach is to use microelectronics to enhance whole organisms, which has previously been achieved to control the locomotion of

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    Total Triglyceride Quantification in Caenorhabditis elegans
    Authors:  Anjali Sandhu and Varsha Singh, date: 11/20/2020, view: 1720, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Several studies suggest an important role of lipid metabolism in regulating longevity of Caenorhabditis elegans. Therefore, assays to quantify lipids have enormous value in understanding aging and pathologies associated with it. Approximately 70% of lipid metabolism genes in the nematode have orthologs in humans. Amenability of C. elegans ...
    Fluorescence Measurement and Calibration of Intracellular pH in Starfish Oocytes
    Authors:  Enako Hosoda and Kazuyoshi Chiba, date: 10/05/2020, view: 1320, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Oocyte maturation is a process wherein an oocyte arrested at prophase of meiosis I resumes meiosis to become a fertilizable egg. In starfish ovaries, a hormone released from follicle cells activates the oocytes, resulting in an increase in their intracellular pH (pHi), which is required for spindle assembly. Herein, we describe a ...
    A Widely Applicable Urea-based Fluorescent/Colorimetric mRNA in situ Hybridization Protocol
    Author:  Chiara Sinigaglia, date: 09/05/2019, view: 3460, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] In situ hybridization methods are routinely employed to detect nucleic acid sequences, allowing to localize gene expression or to study chromosomal organization in their native context. These methods rely on the pairwise binding of a labeled probe to the target endogenous nucleic acid sequence–the hybridization step, followed by detection ...



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