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Planarian Scrunching as a Quantitative Behavioral Readout for Noxious Stimuli Sensing
 

Planarian Scrunching as a Quantitative Behavioral Readout for Noxious Stimuli Sensing

Article doi: 10.3791/61549
July 30th, 2020

Summary July 30th, 2020

Freshwater planarians exhibit three gaits (gliding, peristalsis, and scrunching) that are distinguishable by quantitative behavioral analysis. We describe a method to induce scrunching using various noxious stimuli, quantification thereof, and distinction from peristalsis and gliding. Using gene knockdown, we demonstrate the specificity of scrunching as a quantitative phenotypic readout.

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