New research published in BMC Biology uses C. elegans – a commonly used model organism and the simplest animal model known to sleep – to explore the effects of sleep deprivation. Here, author of the study, David Biron tells us how different organs are affected by sleep deprivation and the protective responses it triggers.
The Kerry spotted slug (Geomalacus maculosus), an EU protected species only found in parts of Ireland and Iberia, has the unusual trait of having two distinct color morphs that occur in different habitats. New research from the National University of Ireland, Galway and published in Frontiers in Zoologyexplores the cause of these color morphs and what they mean for the conservation of the species.
Conducting research on Earth is challenging enough for most of us, but what if your research specialty is studying organisms in space? Kasthuri Venkateswaran from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Caltech takes us behind the scenes of his article on the microbial profile of the ISS.