The Genetics of Development and Behavior in Caenorhabditis elegans

  • Donald L. Riddle


The current genetic research on Caenorhabditis elegans and the application of genetic techniques to the analysis of development and behavior in this animal are reviewed. Some aspects of the work are emphasized more than others and this inevitably reflects the author's own interests and prejudices. An effort was made to point out the advantages that C. elegans offers for certain types of investigations and to point out, in general terms, the relevance of this work to other areas of biological research. Key Words: neurobiology, sexuality, muscle.