Jan 24 2011Ridin' The Worm: Scientists Bio-Engineer Worms That Can Be Steered With Light


Damn yeah I still have my Glo-Worm!

Because scientists won't be happy until we can ride worms sans maker hooks (Dune reference FTW!), they've managed to genetically modify a species to take "directions" from pulses of light. This should end well.

There are no wires or electric modifications necessary. The worm can simply be steered using focused, directed light.

Caenorhabditis elegans is only a millimeter long, has a nervous system of only 302 neurons, and is transparent.

The worm was genetically modified so its neurons were partially comprised of channelrhodopsin-2 and halorhodopsin. These two proteins are light-activated, and go off when exposed to certain kinds of light. The scientist then used lasers and mirrors to make the worm feel and do what they wanted.

They also managed to get the worm to lay an egg.

WHOA WHOA WHOA -- "managed to get the worm to lay an egg"? Fuuuuuuuuuuu. What if I don't want to be bio-engineered to pop monster boners at every stoplight?! Don't get me wrong, I do, but I can imagine some people don't. Mostly womens.

Scientists engineer a light-controlled worm [io9]

Thanks to Mr. Sausage, who just wants to be bio-engineered to taste better. Dammit, a sausage can dream, can't he?!

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Reader Comments

FRIST Bitchess!! Suck it!! LOL!

@1 You're such a tool.
Well that's what "they" say.

I'm trying to think of a reason to do this - other than 'for a laugh'.


@ 3 for insect-mounts DUH

personally, i welcome our squiggly lil bioengineered overlords

@5 you're sick and you NEED to get better

/b/rofist for science

omg i still have my glow worm too!


(B)itch, the (f)uck you doin outta the kitchen.. you best get your fugly cracker ass back in there before i bust my black nut all over your feminine face

My god.. has it really come to this.. finally some dumb (c)unt who has forget her place besides the oven.

@3 Any luck?

and the funny thing is worms don't even lay eggs :P which caused it to be taken by infant worm protection agencies.

The thing is that eventualy this will make us be able to ride a t-rex, not a stupid worm (which is immposible by the way)

The prophecy is being fulfilled! Next step: Turn my name into a killing word.

My GF still has her glo worm too..... but your a guy so this just says so much about you.....

Cool! I had such a worm too when i was young.

Ok so what is the real purpose of this? It's still pretty cool tho... Oh and KHAAAAA CHAAAAA!

@3. Of course!

@9. Hahahahahahahahaha!

@10. No.


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