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Worms Might Be the New 'Canary In A Coal Mine'

Worms Might Be the New 'Canary In A Coal Mine'

(Portland, Ore.) A company in Eugene, Oregon has taken their microchip technology for drug testing a step further. Tiny, one-millimeter long worms called "nematodes" can be used to detect a broad range of toxins in the environment. The worms have a two-week lifespan but can quickly identify harmful chemicals. The process will save both time and money for researchers. "By analyzing the electrical signals from the nematode we can detect abnormalities that indicate a toxin is present long before the effect is so strong it kills the nematode," said Matt Beaudet, CEO of NemaMetrix, the company developing the tech. For a more in-depth look at the science behind the worms, click here . #county17 #news