Worm Mothers Provide 'Milk' for Their Young

As worm mothers age, they secrete a milk-like fluid through their vulva that is consumed by their offspring and supports their growth, according to a new study led by UCL researchers.

Scientists say the discovery, published in Nature Communications, shows both a selfless and sacrificial act, and helps to explain a number of mysteries about the biology of ageing in the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans, widely studied to understand how organisms age.

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