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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
StrainN2
Database VersionWBPS13
Genome Size100,286,401
Data SourceWormBase
Annotation VersionWS269

Gene counts

Coding genes20,191
Non coding genes24,791
Small non coding genes24,515
Long non coding genes276
Pseudogenes1,922
Gene transcripts61,451

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