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- noun The orientation or the locomotion of organisms or of cells in relation to electric currents: a phenomenon first observed in vertebrates in the frog's tadpole, in 1885.
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- noun biology
movementof an organism or system of cells in an electric field
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"The electrotaxis of the worms has the potential to automate what is currently a slow, manual process for drug screening on worms," said Ravi Selvaganapathy, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.
The researchers demonstrate movement of the worms forward and in reverse inside a microchannel, guided by the direction of the electric field (electrotaxis).
These defective amoebae will allow us to home in on the genes and molecules responsible for electrotaxis.
To learn how living cells can detect and respond to electric fields (electrotaxis).
The research focus of the successful candidate will be on the generation of thousands of Dictyostelium mutants and the use of a new high-throughput screening technique to identify cells deficient in electrotaxis, and pinpoint the genes involved.
Understanding the mechanism of electrotaxis will establish a new biological signaling mechanism, with implications for engineering tissues and wound healing as well as in basic science.
Ravi Selvaganapathy, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, said: "The electrotaxis of the worms has the potential to automate what is currently a slow, manual process for drug screening on worms.