Using Model Organisms in your Classroom

A model organism is any plant, animal or microorganism that allows us to study fundamental questions in biology that may be hard to study directly in complex organisms like humans. In general, model organisms have fast generation time, breed in large numbers and have a sequenced genome. Many model organisms are relatively simple and inexpensive to use, so they are widely available for use in the classroom. In this video, you will learn how to grow the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans in your classroom.