March 2, 2000
Marine Biological Laboratory
Because the sodium/potassium pump is essential to the health of virtually every cell in all animals, including humans, scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole have spent years studying the molecular mechanisms by which this pump transports sodium and potassium ions across cellular membranes. They use the giant nerve cell of the Woods Hole squid (Loligo pealeii) as a model system for their research.
Woods Hole, MA -- Even when you're sound asleep, the billions of cells that make up your body are hard at work. They send messages, transport nutrients, and maintain strategic gradients of important chemicals, among a myriad of other vital functions. In short, your cells' hard work helps keep you healthy -- and alive.
The above story is based on materials provided by Marine Biological Laboratory. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.
Cite This Page:
Marine Biological Laboratory. "Scientists Study Nerve Cells Of Squid To Learn More About A Crucial Cellular Machine." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 2 March 2000. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/03/000302070536.htm>.
Marine Biological Laboratory. (2000, March 2). Scientists Study Nerve Cells Of Squid To Learn More About A Crucial Cellular Machine. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 17, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/03/000302070536.htm
Marine Biological Laboratory. "Scientists Study Nerve Cells Of Squid To Learn More About A Crucial Cellular Machine." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/03/000302070536.htm (accessed April 17, 2014).