BenchFly’s Model Organism Week

Model orgMany of the questions that we ask in research are to ultimately find an answer or understand a biological process in humans.  However, human research is often too difficult, risky and expensive to undertake.  Enter: model organisms.

Model organisms provide researchers with a way to conduct experiments and get answers without many of these problems.  (However, any graduate student could name a few disadvantages to their model organism).  In celebration of some of the many model organisms in the scientific field, BenchFly – in collaboration with a few graduate student guest bloggers – is dedicating this week to some of our favorite model organisms.  So enjoy reading about your model organism or discover the field of a new one!  Don’t see your organism discussed? Submit your post to us at!

What is your model organism of choice?

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  1. @aemonten

    wrote on January 12, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    No fungi among the alternatives ?! I'm betting a good part of that "Other" percentage corresponds to fungi researchers :-)

  2. alan@benchfly

    wrote on January 12, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    True- sorry about that! And a preemptive sorry to the yeast community…

  3. Lab Rat

    wrote on February 23, 2010 at 9:54 am

    I know this is waaaay too late to be of any use…but there's a distinct eukaryotic bias to this as well. Not one bacteria, let alone archaea is mentioned!

  4. alan@benchfly

    wrote on February 23, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Sorry for the omission – bacteria and archaea have definitely played important roles in research!

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