My TA mentioned these three mutations of C. elegans since we started working with the worms but seems to skip over what the differences are...


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Dpy is a class of genes. Usually they're written in lowercase when referring to a mutant allele. The name Dpy itself stands for dumpy and comes from the morphological change that occurs when one or more of the genes are mutated: the worms appear short and fat, or dumpy.

Another big class is Unc. Mutations in those genes cause uncoordinated movement.

For a description of the genes, see http://www.wormbase.org


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