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Invertebrate Model System

A patient with a deformed head is examined at the hospital. Will you be able to find the mutated protein?

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding the importance of C. elegans as an invertebrate model system in medical research
  • Learning how to perform a forward genetic screen
  • Learning how to use sequencing data to discover the genes of interest

Techniques

  • Working with C. elegans
  • Genetic screening
  • Random mutagenesis

About this Lab

A patient with a deformed head is examined at the hospital. You are asked by the doctors to find the genetic defect responsible for this rare condition. Using a model organism, you will perform a forward genetic screen to find its cause. Will you be able to find the mutated protein?

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Collaborators

Prof. Brian Harfe

Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida

Emma Brady

Senior Instructional Designer, UF Online

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