Switch Master: A Profile of Barbara Meyer
Switch Master: A Profile of Barbara Meyer
Working with bacteriophages and nematodes, the University of California, Berkeley, molecular biologist uncovered a role for genetic switches in early development.
Switch Master: A Profile of Barbara Meyer
Switch Master: A Profile of Barbara Meyer

Working with bacteriophages and nematodes, the University of California, Berkeley, molecular biologist uncovered a role for genetic switches in early development.

Working with bacteriophages and nematodes, the University of California, Berkeley, molecular biologist uncovered a role for genetic switches in early development.

C. elegans
How Worms Avoid Eating Bad Bacteria and Warn Their Offspring Too
How Worms Avoid Eating Bad Bacteria and Warn Their Offspring Too
Jef Akst | Dec 12, 2019
A small RNA in Pseudomonas triggers an avoidance response in C. elegans that can be passed on to the next generation, according to research presented at this week’s meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology.
Worm Embryogenesis: Cell by Cell and Gene by Gene
Worm Embryogenesis: Cell by Cell and Gene by Gene
Kerry Grens | Dec 1, 2019
A single-cell map of C. elegans’s transcriptome during development finds cell lineages that start out genetically different and end up as cells of similar function and genetic profile.
Microfluidic Chambers Trigger Sleep in <em>C. elegans</em>
Microfluidic Chambers Trigger Sleep in C. elegans
Alejandra Manjarrez | Nov 19, 2019
This newly described behavior occurs spontaneously, but can be modulated by food availability, temperature, and the size of the chambers.
How One Neuron Regulates Two Separate Behaviors
How One Neuron Regulates Two Separate Behaviors
Ruth Williams | Nov 14, 2019
A major sensory neuron in roundworms distinguishes proprioception from harmful touch by sending out local or whole-cell signals, respectively.
<em>C. elegans&nbsp;</em>Healthier Without Longevity Gene
C. elegans Healthier Without Longevity Gene
Chia-Yi Hou | Jul 17, 2019
Worms with the reproduction-related TCER-1 gene deleted could fight off infection for longer and survived better when exposed to heat and radiation.
Biologists Create New Maps of <em>Caenorhabditis elegans&nbsp;</em>Neurons
Biologists Create New Maps of Caenorhabditis elegans Neurons
Chia-Yi Hou | Jul 8, 2019
The connectomes trace 385 neurons in the male worm and 302 neurons in the hermaphrodite worm.
Worm Parents Pass on Behaviors Epigenetically to Offspring
Worm Parents Pass on Behaviors Epigenetically to Offspring
Katarina Zimmer | Jun 7, 2019
Two research groups demonstrate that in Caenorhabditis elegans, behavioral traits can be passed down through the germline to future generations, even though they aren’t hard-wired.
Sydney Brenner, mRNA Discoverer, Dies
Sydney Brenner, mRNA Discoverer, Dies
Kerry Grens | Apr 5, 2019
One of the foremost molecular biologists of the 20th century, the Nobel laureate established C. elegans as a model organism, mapping its genes and development.
Image of the Day: Cellular Pulse
Image of the Day: Cellular Pulse
Shawna Williams | Oct 29, 2018
The protein RhoA coordinates pulses of movement in Caenorhabditis elegans cells.