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Can worms unlock the secrets of our mind? Automatic quantitative analysis of C.elegans behaviour

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Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) is one of the model organisms in neuroscience research. It’s a tiny transparent worm living in compost or rotting fruit, has a nervous system, muscle, gut and other tissues similar to human. It’s short life cycle, rapid reproduction and simple nervous system with vide variety of behaviours makes it ideal for studying neuronal pathways that link neuron activation and action in the worm. With the constant increase in computational power and memory in current computer systems and emergence of novel computer vision algorithms it has become available to create tools for automatic scoring of C.elegans behaviour from previously collected or real-time digital video data. We will discuss data collection and analysis effort for C.elegans behavioural experiments and potential uses of automatic high-throughput quantitative behavior profiling tool.

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