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Worms are cleverer than you think!

All day from Friday 26 March until Sunday 4 April

Times shown are in GMT (UTC +0) up to the 27th March. For events on or after 28th March times are in BST (UTC +1).

Caenorhabditis elegans is a long name for a very tiny worm, used in hundreds of labs around the world, and they're surprisingly clever! They may look very different to us, but they share many of our genes and, with only 302 neurons (compared to our 100 billion), they can do many of the things that we can do. They use their senses to find the best food and avoid danger. They can find their way through mazes, make complex decisions, and even learn.

But how can a tiny worm help us to understand how our neurons work? How can they help us to understand what goes wrong in medical conditions that affect neurons? Join neuroscientists from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology to find out. See what they look like under a microscope. Play our mutant matching game and find out how mutants can help us to understand how our neurons work. Learn to move like a worm and discover the importance of senses in our sweet-finding game. Find out how worms can help scientists to understand how ageing and age-related diseases can affect our brains.

Find us on Twitter (@MRC_LMB) and use #LMBworms to let us know how you did in our games!

For more details and other events we're running, see https://www3.mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk/sites/cambridgefestival/

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For more details and other events we're running, see https://www3.mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk/sites/cambridgefestival/

Additional Information

Age: Children under 12, All Ages
Timing: Available on Demand
Cost: Free
Theme: Explore, Health
Accessibility: Closed Captions
Image copyright: MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

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