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Title: The metabolism of Chironomus (Diptera) and other related genera
Author: Walshe, Barbara M.
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 1948
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The pigment haemoglobin, universally present in the vertebrates, occurs spasmodically in the invertebrate phyla. The diversity of the modes of life of the haemoglobin-bearing invertebrates, and the variations in site and quantity of the pigment, it untenable to assume that, as in vertebrates, its chief function is necessarily that of transporting oxygen from the external environment to toe tissues of the body. Generalisations as to the function of invertebrate haemoglobins cannot be made. A considerable amount of work has been done with a view to elucidating the functions of haemoglobin in different animal forms. The problem may be tackled in a number of ways : a knowledge of the biochemical and physical properties and quantity of the particular haemoglobin gives an indication of its potentialities within the organism, while an experimental study of the metabolism of living animals, making use especially of the carbon monoxide method for studying haemoglobin function provides information as to the role of the haemoglobin under known laboratory conditions. Finally, a knowledge of the organism's mode of life and behaviour under various controlled external environments, accompanied by ecological data of the conditions actually encountered in nature, allow the experimentally acquired laboratory data to be interpreted in terms of the significance of the haemoglobin in the life of the animal. Only by an integration of such biochemical, physiological and ecological work can haemoglobin function he assessed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Physiology