In 1967, Sydney Brenner isolated the first behavioral mutants of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, and in 1970, John White began the systematic reconstruction of its nervous system. This dual approach of genetics coupled with detailed morphological analysis, now enhanced by the tools of molecular biology and electrophysiology, still dominates the study of the function and development of the C. elegans nervous system. Although Brenner's vision of a comprehensive understanding of this simple animal has taken time to mature, findings of the past few years indicate that the tree is bearing fruit.
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