Date of Award

6-1973

Document Type

Union College Only

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Chemistry

Language

English

Abstract

The literature justifies the hypothesis that there might be either serotonin or melatonin present in the retina of higher verta­brates. Serotonin has been demonstrated in nervous tissues from animals in all parts of the animal kingdom. As the retina is part of the central nervous system, it is a logical place to look for the presence of serotonin. Serotonin has also been found in the brain of ungulate fetuses. Serotonin has been measured in isolated bovine fetal brain some seventy-five to ninety days following gestation.

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