This technical diagram depicts the 5 most common model organisms used in research: Mus musculus, Drosophila melanogaster, Escherichia coli, Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Caenorhabditis elegans. Model organisms are non-human species that have specific experimental advantages and have therefore been widely studied in the lab to help scientists understand specific biological processes, traits or diseases. Using this diagram you can compare each model organism by cost, lifespan, size of the genome (number of base pairs) etc. When choosing the right model organism for your research there are a lot of factors to consider!
This technical figure displays some of the most commonly used model organisms in biomedical research. These non-human model organisms may possess various genetic and physiological characteristics that are highly relevant for the experimental design.