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Caenorhabditis elegans

BioProject PRJNA13758 | Data Source WormBase | Taxonomy ID 6239

About Caenorhabditis elegans

Caenorhabditis elegans is a free-living, transparent nematode, about 1 mm in length that lives in temperate soil environments. In 1963, Sydney Brenner proposed research into C. elegans primarily in the area of neuronal development. In 1974, he began research into the molecular and developmental biology of C. elegans, which has since been extensively used as a model organism. C. elegans was the first multicellular organism to have its whole genome sequenced, and as of 2012, the only organism to have its connectome (neuronal "wiring diagram") completed.

Assembly Statistics

AssemblyWBcel235, GCA_000002985.3, Dec 2012
Database VersionWBPS9
Genome Size100,286,401
Data SourceWormBase
Annotation VersionWS258

Gene counts

Coding genes20,239
Non coding genes24,734
Small non coding genes24,464
Long non coding genes270
Gene transcripts60,988

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