Evolution of a polymodal sensory response network

  title={Evolution of a polymodal sensory response network},
  author={Jagan Srinivasan and Omer Durak and Paul W. Sternberg},
  journal={BMC Biology},
  pages={52 - 52}
Avoidance of noxious stimuli is essential for the survival of an animal in its natural habitat. Some avoidance responses require polymodal sensory neurons, which sense a range of diverse stimuli, whereas other stimuli require a unimodal sensory neuron, which senses a single stimulus. Polymodality might have evolved to help animals quickly detect and respond to diverse noxious stimuli. Nematodes inhabit diverse habitats and most nematode nervous systems are composed of a small number of neurons… CONTINUE READING
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