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Non-model model organisms.

  • Author(s): Russell, James J;
  • Theriot, Julie A;
  • Sood, Pranidhi;
  • Marshall, Wallace F;
  • Landweber, Laura F;
  • Fritz-Laylin, Lillian;
  • Polka, Jessica K;
  • Oliferenko, Snezhana;
  • Gerbich, Therese;
  • Gladfelter, Amy;
  • Umen, James;
  • Bezanilla, Magdalena;
  • Lancaster, Madeline A;
  • He, Shuonan;
  • Gibson, Matthew C;
  • Goldstein, Bob;
  • Tanaka, Elly M;
  • Hu, Chi-Kuo;
  • Brunet, Anne
  • et al.
Abstract

Model organisms are widely used in research as accessible and convenient systems to study a particular area or question in biology. Traditionally only a handful of organisms have been widely studied, but modern research tools are enabling researchers to extend the set of model organisms to include less-studied and more unusual systems. This Forum highlights a range of 'non-model model organisms' as emerging systems for tackling questions across the whole spectrum of biology (and beyond), the opportunities and challenges, and the outlook for the future.

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