Caenorhabditis elegans

Caenorhabditis elegans was chosen in the 1960s as an ideal experimental animal by the formidably brilliant South African biologist Sydney Brenner. He had recently completed his work, with Francis Crick and others at Cambridge, on cracking the genetic code, and was looking around for a new big problem to solve. His inspired choice, and his own pioneering research on its genetics and neuro-anatomy, has led to a worldwide community of Caenorhabditis researchers that has grown into the thousands. It is only a bit of an exaggeration to say that we now know everything about Caenorhabditis elegans! We know its entire genome. We know exactly where every one of its 558 cells (in the larva; 959 in the adult hermaphroditic form, not counting reproductive cells) is in the body, and we know the exact 'family history' of every one of those cells, through embryonic development.


A species in which we know every cell in its body, making it an excellent experimental specimen.

Folksonomies: biology experiments

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Francis Crick (0.954940): dbpedia | freebase | yago
DNA (0.886435): website | dbpedia | freebase | yago
Caenorhabditis elegans (0.784912): dbpedia | freebase
Gene (0.763618): dbpedia | freebase
Organism (0.720551): dbpedia | freebase
Sydney Brenner (0.679307): dbpedia | freebase | yago
Genetics (0.667313): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
Biology (0.546136): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc

 The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Dawkins, Richard (2010-08-24), The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, Free Press, Retrieved on 2011-05-19
Folksonomies: evolution science