Petition on to keep the National Zoo’s Invertebrate House Open!


GO Here and sign the petition if you love invertebrates!

My previous post about the closing of the Invertebrate Exhibit.

Two of the most popular and important genetic model organisms are invertebrates, the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) and the nematode (Caenorhabditis elegans). The use of these animal models by biomedical researchers has lead to huge discoveries in many biomedical research fields, including neuroscience, genetics, and biochemistry. These models have also been extensively used to study the genetics and molecular mechanisms underlying many human diseases. Both of these animal models have also been involved in research that led to scientists winning the Nobel Prize.

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