A tiny roundworm that lives in the soil is helping scientists to investigate the essential role that metals play in biological systems.

Synchrotron map of zinc distribution in roundworm
Synchrotron 'map' shows zinc distribution in roundworm

Australian researchers recently mapped the distribution of important metal elements in roundworms, using high-powered x-rays at the Australian Synchrotron. Their results provide vital information about biometal distribution in intact roundworms. Standard methods for biometals analysis typically require the roundworm to be divided into sections before it can be studied.

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