Team:Queens-Canada/About C. elegans


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About C. Elegans

Caenorhabditis elegans is a nematode usually found in temperate soil. It is transparent and approximately *1* mm in length. C. elegans has been used as a model organism since 1974. Its genomic sequencing was completed in 2002; C. elegans is the first multicellular organism to have its genome completely sequenced. The C. elegans genome is approximately 100 million base pairs in length and contains around 20,100 genes <ref>Template:Cite web</ref>.

Why C. Elegans?

  • C. elegans is eukaryotic.
  • C. elegans is a multicellular organism, with different tissues that can be modified separately.

Links & Additional Resources

WormBook is a great functional overview of worm physiology, with an emphasis on development. WormAtlas is a great anatomical overview. The Worm Breeder's Gazette is a informal, non-refereed, biannual newsletter dedicated to C. elegans and other nematodes. GFPWorm has visual information on C. elegans expression patterns.