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Comparative and Functional Genomics
Volume 4 (2003), Issue 2, Pages 194-202
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Caenorhabditis elegans—Applications to Nematode Genomics

Institute of Cell, Animal and Population Biology, Kings Buildings, West Mains Rd, Edinburgh EH9 3JT, UK

Received 28 January 2003; Accepted 30 January 2003

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The complete genome sequence of the free-living nematode Caenorhabditis elegans was published 4 years ago. Since then, we have seen great strides in technologies that seek to exploit this data. Here we describe the application of some of these techniques and other advances that are helping us to understand about not only the biology of this important model organism but also the entire phylum Nematoda.