Characterizing the Effect of Static Magnetic Fields on C. elegans Using Microfluidics

dc.contributor.author Njus, Zach
dc.contributor.author Feldmann, Douglas
dc.contributor.author Brien, Riley
dc.contributor.author Kong, Taejoon
dc.contributor.author Kalwa, Upender
dc.contributor.author Pandey, Santosh
dc.contributor.department Electrical and Computer Engineering
dc.date.accessioned 2022-04-06T23:37:22Z
dc.date.available 2022-04-06T23:37:22Z
dc.date.issued 2015-09-07
dc.description.abstract In nature, several organisms possess a magnetic compass to navigate or migrate them to desired locations. It is thought that these organisms may use biogenic magnetic matter or light-sensitive photoreceptors to sense and orient themselves in magnetic fields. To unravel the underlying principles of magnetosensitivity and magnetoreception, previous experiments have been conducted on bacteria, vertebrates, crustaceans, and insects. In this study, the model organism, C. elegans, is used to test their response and sensitivity to static magnetic fields in the range of 5 milli Tesla to 120 milli Tesla. Single wild-type C. elegans are put in microfluidic channels and exposed to permanent magnets for five cycles of thirty-second time intervals. The worm movement is recorded and analyzed with custom software to calculate the average velocity and the percentage of turning and curling. Contrary to some published studies, our results did not show a significant difference compared to control experiments. This suggests that C. elegans may not sense static magnetic fields in the range of field strengths that we tested.
dc.description.comments This article is published as Njus, Zach, Douglas Feldmann, Riley Brien, Taejoon Kong, Upender Kalwa, and Santosh Pandey. "Characterizing the effect of static magnetic fields on C. elegans using microfluidics." Advances in Bioscience and Biotechnology 6, no. 09 (2015): 583. DOI: 10.4236/abb.2015.69061. Copyright 2015 by authors and Scientific Research Publishing Inc. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0). Posted with permission.
dc.identifier.uri https://dr.lib.iastate.edu/handle/20.500.12876/7rKoXO1r
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Scientific Research Publishing Inc.
dc.source.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/abb.2015.69061 *
dc.subject.keywords C. elegans
dc.subject.keywords Magnet
dc.subject.keywords Magnetotaxis
dc.subject.keywords Behavior
dc.subject.keywords Microfluidics
dc.title Characterizing the Effect of Static Magnetic Fields on C. elegans Using Microfluidics
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