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C.elegans has been used extensively as a model for biomedical research and drug discovery and has several advantages. C. elegans is a small nematode (1mm long) with a relatively short lifespan (three weeks). The whole genome is known, is easily manipulated and has a high homology to humans (30-60%). The body of the worm is transparent and can therefore be easily combined with fluorescent tagged proteins and molecules. Finally, no license is required for research in C. elegans!
C. elegans has been used successfully for biomedical research for decades and has delivered key insights into disease mechanisms and knowledge for innovative therapies, which include the discovery of apoptosis, RNA interference and the development of GFP as a research tool.
Please contact us if you consider to use C.elegans for your research. We can provide you with advice and technical support on several aspects, including:
European Research Institute for the Biology of Ageing
University Medical Center Groningen
Antonius Deusinglaan, 1
9713 AV Groningen
More information visit: ERIBA molecular neurobiology of ageing