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Caenorhabditis elegans Culture

  1. Diane Carol Shakes

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0002575



How to Cite

Shakes, D. C. 2001. Caenorhabditis elegans Culture. eLS. .

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  1. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001


The nematode worm, Caenorhabditis elegans, has rapidly become one of the premier model organisms for biomedical research. A number of the worm's attributes – including its small size, rapid life cycle and tolerance for cryogenic freezing – enable researchers to maintain and study literally millions of worms and hundreds of mutant strains within a small research laboratory.


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