Model invertebrates

Model invertebrates are extensively studied animal species that lack a vertebral column and are chosen for the ease of investigating particular biological phenomena. Research on model invertebrates provides biological insights relevant to other organisms in many areas including genetics, development, biochemistry, evolution, disease, neurobiology and behaviour.

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  • News & Views |

    Two new toolkits that leverage deep-learning approaches can track the positions of multiple animals and estimate poses in different experimental paradigms.

    • Sena Agezo
    •  & Gordon J. Berman
    Nature Methods 19, 410-411
  • News & Views |

    Epigenetic inheritance is the transfer of non-DNA information across generations. A new study identifies sperm-specific PEI granules as essential for paternal epigenetic inheritance. PEI granule partitioning to sperm requires palmitoylation and myosin VI activity, suggesting lipidation-dependent granule transport on vesicles.

    • Laura Thomas
    •  & Geraldine Seydoux
    Nature Cell Biology 24, 129-130
  • News & Views |

    Optogenetic and thermogenetic tools have been limited to applications for single-state control of cellular processes. A single-component optogenetic tool was found to act as both a temperature sensor and a photoreceptor, enabling multi-state control of developmental signaling.

    • Maxwell Z. Wilson