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.

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.