False-colour micrograph of Caenorhabditis elegans

False-colour micrograph of Caenorhabditis elegans

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Caption: False-colour scanning optical micrograph of the soil-dwelling bisexual nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. The round internal structures are eggs. C. elegans is currently the subject of an intense study aimed at decoding its genetic blueprint. The species is ideal for this because of its tendency to reproduce by self-fertilization; this results in offspring that are all identical to the parent. Furthermore, although it exhibits a variety of differentiated cells and possesses a nervous system, the worm is very simple in structure. It takes only three days to reach maturity and thousands of them can be kept on a culture plate. Approximate mag: x124 at 5x7cm size. Magnification: x80 at 6x4.5cm, x46 at 35mm.

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Keywords: animal, c elegans, c. elegans, caenorhabditis elegans, false-coloured, genome project, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, nematoda, nematode, roundworm, soil, soil nematode, wildlife, worm, zoology

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