Worms with green dots and lines in their bodies

C. elegans with neurons visible in green.


Varbuss” by Heiti Paves, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Unusual Labmates: how C. elegans wormed its way into science stardom

In this mutimedia feature, learn about the classic model organism C. elegans. Researchers frequently turn to C. elegans to learn about not only their biology, but our own. C. elegans is one of the most intimately understood species in biology—the first animal to have its complete genome sequenced or its neural circuitry completely mapped. How did this simple worm become so well studied and a fixture in laboratories around the world? Click here to view the whole story. 



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