Caenorhabditis elegans Culture

Abstract

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.

Keywords: caenorhabditis elegans; stock maintenance; animal handling

Figure 1.

Life cycle of Caenorhabditis elegans. The duration at each stageat 25°C is indicated.

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Epstein HF and Shakes DC (eds) (1995) Methods in Cell Biology, vol. 48: Caenorhabditis elegans: Modern Biological Analysis of an Organism. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

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www.dartmouth.edu/artsci/bio/ambros/protocols.html.

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Shakes, Diane Carol(Apr 2001) Caenorhabditis elegans Culture. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0002575]