So often non-scientists trivialize and misunderstand vital research. For example, David Jaffeâ€™s casual dismissal of the ground-breaking discovery that lithium can extend the lifespan of nematodes. The layman might consider nematodes to be a lower life form, but that is simple ignorance. I am sending a diagram of our latest experimental results, in a format that even Mr. Jaffe should be able to understand. You will notice in plate 2 that the nematodes are writhing wildly in the grip of mania. In plate 3, in the throes of depression, they try to curl up into little balls but nematodes donâ€™t bend that far. Lithium restores them to their normal state, where they donâ€™t do much. And live a long time, or at least it seems like a long time. I am proud of what we have been able to do for nematode quality of life. Perhaps we could extend these research results to humans, but thatâ€™s not my department.
Verm. N. Helminth, Phd.
The Worm Institute