Until recently, a small number of model organisms has been the focus of most research in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. But in the last few years, due in part to increased interest in questions of evolution, technical advances in selectively altering gene expression patterns, and the reduced costs of genome sequencing, the range of organisms used for research is greatly expanding.
"Emerging Model Organisms, Volume 1", introduces the reader to this new generation of model organisms, providing a diverse catalog of potential species useful for extending research in new directions. In this volume leading experts provide chapters on 23 emerging model systems, ranging from bat and butterfly to cave fish and choanoflagellates; cricket and finch to quail, snail, and tomato. Subsequent releases of the "Emerging Model Organisms" series, already in preparation, will focus on additional species.
'Emerging Model Organisms' is a laboratory manual that will help scientists expand their work to new and relevant genetic or physiologic systems. This new book presents profiles and protocols for a wide variety of model organisms that are anything but ordinary. Each of the 23 chapters in Volume 1 focuses on a particular organism or group of related organisms, and begins with discussion of the organisms' background, utility in research, distribution sources and husbandry information. Key protocols on maintaining and working with the organism are provided. These detailed instructions allow the reader to have quick access to the essential information that is necessary for using these unique models. Additional resources include information on related species, genomic resources and Internet databases.
- Disease Models & Mechanisms
"The first volume of 'Emerging Model Organisms' illustrates the bewildering variety of natural histories and rapidly advancing techniques that have been developed to work with a wide spectrum of organisms. If Darwin were around now, he would have been the first to happily make use of this manual - and would be impatiently awaiting the forthcoming tome, describing the emergence of honeybees, squids, ascidians, rabbits, ants...and many more."
- Nature Cell Biology
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