Adventures and Misadventures in the Genome of Artemia
As this and other recent publications clearly show, Artemia is an exceptionally interesting and useful biological system for a wide variety of experimental studies [1,2]. Among the areas of active research interest are biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, developmental biology, morphology, ecology, and population biology. Much of the research involving Artemia, especially in the areas of biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, focusses on developmental aspects. This is a natural outgrowth of the fact that dormant encysted gastrulae are readily available commercially at any time and in large quantity and can be easily raised in the laboratory to produce swimming nauplis larvae. This easily accessible period of development has attracted the attention of quite a few investigators. Despite its short generation time, Artemia has been relatively little studied by classical or genetic means, perhaps owing to the difficulty of generating and isolating mutant strains in comparison with more familiar organisms such as Drosophila and Caenorhabditis. Over the past decade, an increasing number of research groups has begun to explore the molecular genetics of Artemia. As in other areas of investigation, many of these studies are also developmental in nature, aimed at understanding the mechanisms that regulate gene expression during Artemia development.
KeywordsHistone Gene Great Salt Lake Tubulin Gene Recombinant Phage Histone Gene Expression
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