Worm Wiring Diagram May Help Us Understand Our Own Nervous System

Scott Emmons, Ph.D., describes how his publication of the first complete map of an animal’s nervous system may have implications for our understanding of human behavior. Dr. Emmons is professor of genetics and in the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience, and is the Siegfried Ullmann Chair in Molecular Genetics at Einstein.

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The Telegraph (UK) quotes Scott Emmons, Ph.D., about his new Nature study that found male nematode worms have neurons that allow them to prioritize mating. Dr. Emmons notes that while the study was conducted in small worms, it is plausible that neurological differences exist between men and women that may impact perception and behavioral priorities. Dr. Emmons is professor of genetics and in the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience and holds the Siegfried Ullmann Chair in Molecular Genetics.

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Nature.com interviews Scott Emmons, Ph.D., about his study that determined the complete neural diagram that governs male roundworm mating behavior. Dr. Emmons notes that his lab took the unusual but important step of measuring the strength of each neural connection, instead of simply counting the number of synapses. Dr. Emmons is professor of genetics and in the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience and the Siegfried Ullmann Chair in Molecular Genetics.

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Scientific American’s "Scicurious" blog features research by Scott Emmons, Ph.D., that maps the neural pathways controlling male roundworm mating. Research outlining a brain’s neural connections, known as connectomics, offers insight into the specific nerve connections responsible for particular behaviors. Dr. Emmons is professor of genetics and in the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience and the Siegfried Ullmann Chair in Molecular Genetics.