Last Friday we published a new #ResearchAlert in our Social Media channels about a ground-breaking discovery from Oregon Health & Science University (OSHU) scientists. The researchers uncovered the missing piece of our inner ear responsible for human hearing. And you guess it right, they used C. elegans worms as a model organism. However, can they hear?
The answer: Yes, but no, but still yes
They do, but not as we may think. Researchers from the University of Michigan Life Science Institute published a paper in 2021 where they observed for the first time that worms are reactive to sound, but instead of through an ear (which they don’t have) they can hear through their skin.