False-colour confocal micrograph of C. elegans

False-colour confocal micrograph of C. elegans

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Caption: False-colour scanning optical micrograph of Caenorhabditis elegans, a soil-dwelling bisexual nematode which feeds on bacteria. This tiny multicellular animal is currently the subject of an intense study aimed at decoding its genome or 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, including nerves, it 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 magnification: x80 at 6x4.5cm size.

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