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 genesCite:.

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.