The Tale Behind the Worm

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Science  02 Jan 2004:
Vol. 303, Issue 5654, pp. 42
DOI: 10.1126/science.1094277

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In the Beginning Was the Worm Finding the Secrets of Life in a Tiny Hermaphrodite. by Andrew Brown. Columbia University Press, New York, 2003. 252 pp. $27.95. ISBN 0-231-13146-1. Simon and Schuster, London. £15.99. ISBN 0-743-20716-5.

In this short narrative written for the general public, Brown tells the story of the work that led to our current understanding of the genome and development of the nematode C. elegans--and to the Nobel Prize awarded his principal protagonists, Bob Horvitz, Sydney Brenner, and John Sulston.