This one is for all nerds who love the small worm and can’t stop working with them! – Nikita Jhaveri (August 6, 2020)
I am a happy free-living worm
Producing both egg and sperm
Whom scientists use to confirm
Undiscovered theories and reaffirm
My transparent body helps you find
Novel pathways, that blow your mind
Making different theories align
With facts that are hard to malign
Keeping me in your lab is very safe
I won’t bite or cause any chafe
My bed and breakfast are easy to make
One pertidish, some bacteria and I am happy as a flake
Please, use me to explore your macrocosm
After all, I am fun and awesome
I promise to make your inquisitive world blossom!
The article by Kanzaki, N. et al. (2018) describes the first sibling species of C. elegans – C. inopinata including its morphological, ecological, behavioural and genetic analysis.
To find out more, please read the article below:
Kanzaki, N., Tsai, I.J., Tanaka, R. et al. Biology and genome of a newly discovered sibling species of Caenorhabditis elegans. Nat Commun 9, 3216 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-05712-5
Benjamin Podbilewicz has spent many years understanding the process of cell fusion and contributing immensely to the filed. To know about his life and his passion for science, click on the link below
A new paper by Billard et al. (DOI: j.cub.2020.08.004) reports that a 92-bp deletion in eak-3 alters steroid hormone dafachronic acid (DA) signaling in C. elegans resulting in increased environmental sensitivity for dauer induction and delayed reproductive growth. The findings reveal the genetic basis of choice between somatic maintenance and reproductive growth in response to environmental variation.
Billard, B., Vigne, P. & Braendle, C. A. (2020). Natural Mutational Event Uncovers a Life History Trade-Off via Hormonal Pleiotropy. Curr Biol, vol. 30, 1–13, November 2, 2020.
C. elegans remember eating pathogenic Pseudomonas and pass on the information to the next generation. To find out how, click on the link below