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c. elegans

c. elegans in Science
C. elegans
  (sē' ěl'ə-gānz)   
A nematode (Caenorhabditis elegans) that lives in soil, feeds on bacteria, and reaches lengths of about 1 mm (0.04 inch). It was the first animal whose genome was completely sequenced, and is widely used as a "model organism" by researchers in genetics and developmental biology because it has a small genome and transparent skin.
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