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know your model organisms Genus species

Mus musculus

Caenorhabditis elegans

drosophila melanogaster

saccharomyces cerevisiae

escherichia coli 9

25

percentage of organism’s genes that have human homologues

30

44

86 11

percentage of human genes that have homologues in the organism

2

31

39

79

number of genes in genome (nearest thousand)

25 000 13 000

19 000 6 000

3 000

2 600 000 000 Size of genome (in base pairs)

137 000 000

97 000 000

12 100 000

4 600 000

2.5

1

0.01

0.002

59

54

1.6

1.6

50

40

2 000 000 000 000

100 000 000 000

75

18

7

3

3

0.06

0.02

100

200

100

number of chromosomes

size in mm

minimum Storage space required per strain (in cm3)

number of organisms you can buy with $10

160 6 800

2 700

average lifespan (days)

63 Generation time (days)

cost per knockout line (US $)

number of papers referncing organism in a sciencedirect genetics search

10

5000

75

507 000 91 000

37 000

disclaimer: values used in this infographic were calculated from data colleced from several sources. every effort has been made to ensure that these are accurate but values should be treated as approximations rather than exact values. if you spot a mistake, let me know. I’m more than happy to correct it!

created by claudia stocker www.claudiastocker.com

references

http://www.altdesign.com/ http://www.wormbook.org/ http://www.hhmi.org/

73 000

234 000

http://www.ornl.gov/ http://www.slate.com/ http://www.carolina.com/ http://www.biocell.org/ http://www.molecularstation.com/ http://flystocks.bio.indiana.edu

http://iubio.bio.indiana.edu http://www.faculty.biol.vt.edu http://www.sciencedaily.com/

http://www.sciencedirect.com/


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