Model invertebrates

Model invertebrates are extensively studied animal species that lack a vertebral column and are chosen for the ease of investigating particular biological phenomena. Research on model invertebrates provides biological insights relevant to other organisms in many areas including genetics, development, biochemistry, evolution, disease, neurobiology and behaviour.

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    The molybdenum cofactor (Moco) is a fragile prosthetic group essential for most organisms. Nematodes are now capable of extracting Moco from their bacterial diet to mediate detoxification of sulfite.

    • Ralf R. Mendel
    •  & Thomas W. Hercher
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    Ancestral experience of mitochondrial stress is now found to render progeny of the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans more resistant to the same insult for up to four generations. A DNA modification, N6-methyldeoxyadenine, is implicated in the inheritance of this stress adaptation.

    • Sarah-Lena Offenburger
    • , Marcos Francisco Perez
    •  & Ben Lehner
    Nature Cell Biology 21, 303-304