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    C.elegans (Caenorhabditis elegans) is a free-living, transparent nematode (roundworm), about 1 mm in length, which naturally lives in temperate soil environments. C. elegans is a self-fertilizing hermaphrodite that has a temperature sensitive life span. They are also inexpensive to maintain and can be grown in vast quantities in the lab. Due to these characteristics, C. elegans has emerged as one of the premiere model systems for aging research.