Science Spotlight: a story about hot tiny worms

When living things are exposed to stress (such as too much heat) they mount a biological stress response to prevent cellular damage such as protein misfolding and aggregation. One aspect that is also quite intriguing, is that this stress response is important for longevity even in the absence of “apparent” stress.

Join our speaker, Dr Laetitia Chauve, as she shares recent discoveries around how the microscopic nematode worm (C. elegans) uses stress repsonses as a thermostat to adapt to changes in temperature. This work builds on years of study making C. elegans a fantastic model for understanding the ageing process in humans.

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