Reserch Experience for Science Teacher---Caenorhabditis Elegans Model

Project: National Science and Technology CouncilNational Science and Technology Council Grants Research

Project Details


Because of its small size, rapid growth, and easy handle, Caenorhabditis elegans becomes a popular model organism as the other larger and higher organisms, i.e., Drosophila, zebrafish and mouse. After two Nobel prizes of physiology and medicine have been awarded to C. elegans researchers in 2002 and 2006, the number of C. elegans lab is growing rapidly worldwide. Several key websites (wormBase, wormAtlas, and wormBook) have been established to promote the worm research by the “worm community”. It is an obvious trend that worm will be more popular for life science research in the 21st century. However, in Taiwan, there are only few worm labs at the present time. Limited information and knowledge of C. elegans is publicized. In contrast to the advanced countries, no information of worm is found in the text book of high school. Therefore, this three-year proposal of REST (research experience for science teachers) will use C. elegans as a teaching material to pass the knowledge and technology to high school biology teachers. After they have learned the basic knowledge, they can teach students to use C. elegans as a genetics material to lead students familiar with worm and to inspire their interests in doing life science. Furthermore, through this project, few high school teachers will participate in the high-aim research in neuroscience to solidify the foundation of life science teaching and research in high schools.

Project IDs

Project ID:PF9801-1616
External Project ID:NSC96-2514-S182-001-MY3
Effective start/end date01/12/0930/11/10


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