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Social eating for stress

One type of the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans feeds alone, another in aggregates. The neurobiological underpinnings of these behaviours are now being revealed at the molecular level.

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Figure 1: Glow worms — social C. elegans displaying expression of green fluorescent protein.
Figure 2: The cyclic-GMP signalling pathway and variation in food-related behaviours.

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Sokolowski, M. Social eating for stress. Nature 419, 893–894 (2002). https://doi.org/10.1038/419893a

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