Worms, Flies or Fish? A Comparison of Common Model Organisms – Part 1: Models for Biomedical Research

Non-mammalian model organisms are typically used in early research to deliver fast answers to a discovery problem. The most popular model organisms in biological and biomedical research are the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, the zebrafish and the nematode C. elegans. We provide a comparison of the advantages and limitations of many commonly used model organisms.

Are worms the future of drug development?

NemaMetrix’s ScreenChip collects live-animal, high-throughput C. elegans electropharyngeograms (EPGs), which are an indication of overall organism health for drug development. Read the blog post on BioCoder published by O’Reilly Bio.

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