Turn to the worm!
Caenorhabditis elegans will be the first multicellular animal to
have its entire genome sequenced. This is not just good news
for those currently working in the field, but also for those
trying to understand the biology of more complex animals,
including humans. C. elegans is a relatively simple animal
that is amenable to studies of genetics and developmental
processes that are common to all animals, making this an
attractive model in which to study basic processes that are
altered in human disease. Powerful forward and reverse
genetics mean that virtually any gene of interest can be
studied at the functional level.
Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge, Downing Street,
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