Genes determine a lot about how organisms grow and function. Scientists often learn about how human genes work by finding gene matches in other species and using them as a model. In this session, you will learn all about how a worm calledC. elegansis used by researchers around the world to better understand gene function and genetic disease. In this activity, you will:
observe liveC. elegansworms magnified by a stereo microscope;
discuss what makesC. elegansa good model organism for genetic research;
identifyC. elegansmutants and describe their traits; and
see examples of how nematodes can be used to model human genetic diseases.