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Caenorhabditis elegans: Determination of Germ Cell Fate

  1. Einhard Schierenberg

Published Online: 3 MAY 2005

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001501

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Schierenberg, E. 2005. Caenorhabditis elegans: Determination of Germ Cell Fate. eLS. .

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  1. Universität Köln, Köln, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 MAY 2005

Abstract

Considerable differences exist between germ cells and somatic cells with respect to developmental programmes and control of gene expression. During germ cell formation several decisions have to be made. Recent progress has helped to elucidate the control of developmental choices, such as those between proliferation or differentiation, mitotis or meiosis, life or programmed cell death, sperm or oocyte.

Keywords:

  • germline;
  • meiosis;
  • apoptosis;
  • sex determination;
  • gene regulation