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Mutant worms can’t get drunk

By Bob Goldstein, UNC Chapel Hill (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Mutant worms can't get drunk

Scientists have successfully prevented worms from becoming drunk, The Verge reports. Using the worm Caenorhabditis elegans, researchers tweaked a particular molecular target and how it responds to alcohol. Now, instead of slowing down and wriggling less after a drink, the mutant worms act normal. The study, described this week in The Journal of Neuroscience, may lead to development of a drug that can stop mice from getting drunk and, possibly, even humans.

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