Infertile Worms May Be Immune to Brain Deterioration

By Esther Inglis-Arkell

Worms infected by bacteria often start showing signs of serious nerve damage in the brain. If a worm happens to be infertile, it can weather an infection without damage to its neurons. Scientists hope that figuring out why infertility and resistance to nerve damage are linked might help us someday fight human diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinsons.

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