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Volume 357, Number 9259     17 March 2001

Websites in brief


C elegans explained


Caenorhabditis elegans is arguably the quintessential model organism for medical research, and this site from molecular biologist Farhang Payvar explains why. Payvar, whose own work deals with hormonal signalling in mammalian systems and new drug discovery, has created a compendium of links to top-notch web resources on C elegans; topics range from the origins of the nematode's name to its anatomy, role in the understanding of human disease gene interactions, and overall value for medicine. Also posted are links to such diverse resources as functional genomics and bioinformatics databases, meeting abstracts, and the Worm breeder's gazette. elegans_Introduction_Value_to_Biology_Medicine.htm