With a length of just one millimeter you can barely see the nematode C. elegans. Even though its normal environment is the soil, it has been cultivated on petri dishes in many laboratories for over 50 years. At first sight, C. elegans doesn’t have much in common with humans; however, it is the best-investigated multicellular organism in the world. Many processes and genes are similar between nematodes and humans.
To save animals, scientists are eager to use alternative infection models with simpler organisms. Worms, flies, and caterpillars can help to minimize the number of animal experiments conducted. As a visitor, you can experience for yourself how to work with this interesting model organism.