Dr. Jon Pierce-Shimomura and colleagues published a research article in eLIFE entitled “Magnetosensitive neurons mediate geomagnetic orientation in Caenorhabditis elegans”. This research identifies a microscopic, magnetic sensing structure located on the end of a neuron in C. elegans worms. The structure allows the worms to sense and orient to the earths magnetic field and is used in navigation under ground.
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Vidal-Gadea A, Ward K, Beron C, Ghorashian N, Gokce S, Russell J, Truong N, Parikh A, Gadea O, Ben-Yakar A and Pierce-Shimomura J. 2015. Magnetosensitive neurons mediate geomagnetic orientation in Caenorhabditis elegans. eLIFE:10.7554/eLife.07493