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WormBook. 2014 Jul 31:1-13. doi: 10.1895/wormbook.1.172.1.

Assaying mechanosensation.

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  • Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University, New York NY, USA. mc21@columbia.edu.


C. elegans detect and respond to diverse mechanical stimuli using neuronal circuitry that has been defined by decades of work by C. elegans researchers. In this WormMethods chapter, we review and comment on the techniques currently used to assess mechanosensory response. This methods review is intended both as an introduction for those new to the field and a convenient compendium for the expert. A brief discussion of commonly used mechanosensory assays is provided, along with a discussion of the neural circuits involved, consideration of critical protocol details, and references to the primary literature.

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