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Genome sequence of the nematode C. elegans: a platform for investigating biology.

The 97-megabase genomic sequence of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans reveals over 19,000 genes. More than 40 percent of the predicted protein products find significant matches in other organisms. There is a variety of repeated sequences, both local and dispersed. The distinctive distribution of some repeats and highly conserved genes provides evidence for a regional organization of the chromosomes.

Pubmed ID: 9851916


  • C. elegans Sequencing Consortium


Science (New York, N.Y.)

Publication Data

December 11, 1998

Associated Grants


Mesh Terms

  • Animals
  • Caenorhabditis elegans
  • Chromosomes
  • DNA, Helminth
  • Evolution, Molecular
  • Genes, Helminth
  • Genome
  • Helminth Proteins
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Physical Chromosome Mapping
  • RNA, Helminth
  • Repetitive Sequences, Nucleic Acid
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA