Can Hydra, an organism with no brain but a nerve network, be conditioned?

Can Hydra, a freshwater cnidarian polyp exposed to glutathione can be conditioned to significantly increase their average intake of brine shrimp?

Intern(s):

Seher Ali, Isuri Poththewela

Mentor(s):

Tessa Hirschfeld-Stoler

Project Period:

2016-2017

Team:

Harlem

The freshwater cnidarian polyp, Hydra, serves as an ideal model to study various scientific phenomena in the lab. Unlike animals that are higher in the evolutionary tree, Hydra have a very simple nervous system, consisting of a nerve net that regulates behaviors such as feeding, contractions, and elongations. We asked, "can Hydra exposed to glutathione can be conditioned to significantly increase their average intake of brine shrimp?"

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