They are popular in science classes and as children’s pets.
Now the tiny brine shrimp, popularly known under the brand name Sea-Monkeys, are being used by a Cal State Long Beach professor to reveal clues to the causes of autism and Alzheimer’s disease.
For the past several years, biochemistry professor Roger Acey and his students have been studying the effects of environmental contaminants on embryonic development using brine shrimp as a biological model. The small crustaceans, which have long been popular in scientific research, have a nervous system similar to humans in that they both use a chemical neurotransmitter called acetylcholine.
via CSULB prof uses Sea-Monkeys to explore link between plastics, autism – Press-Telegram.
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