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Investigating the Presence of Melatonin Receptors on the Photoreceptors of Fiddler Crabs, Uca Pugilator





The purpose of this project was to see if melatonin receptors are present on the photoreceptors of Fiddler Crabs. Melatonin is a homone that is expressed primarily at night. It is involved in regulating circadian rhythms and other physiological processes. The fiddler crab is an excellent model to use because the hormones that modulate the neurons in their visual system are similar to those found in humans.

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