Turning clustering loops: Sex determination in Caenorhabditis elegans

Elizabeth B. Goodwin, Ronald E. Ellis

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The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans has two sexes: males and hermaphrodites. Hermaphrodites are essentially female animals that produce sperm and oocytes. In the past few years tremendous progress has been made towards understanding how sexual identity is controlled in the worm. These analyses have revealed that the regulatory pathway controlling sexual development is far from linear and that it contains a number of loops and branches that play crucial roles in regulating sexual development. This review summarizes our current understanding of the mechanisms that regulate sexual cell fate in C. elegans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)R111-R120
JournalCurrent Biology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 5 2002
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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