Some of the work that I do on my own research is about the behavioral pharmacology of abused drugs. I have talked about it here and here. Nicotine is without a doubt one of the most abused drugs ever, and it does indeed affect planarians.
Here is a short video showing the response of a planarian to nicotine compared to another planarian placidly gliding underwater.
Here’s a question for my loyal followers, would you like to know more about planarian research and on planarian pharmacology in particular?
If you want to know more
Rawls SM et al. (2011) Nicotine Behavioral Pharmacology: clues from planarians. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2011 Nov 1;118(2-3):274-9.
Pagán OR et al. (2009) A cembranoid from tobacco prevents the expression of nicotine-induced withdrawal behavior in planarian worms. Eur J Pharmacol. 2009 Aug 1;615(1-3):118-24
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