Tuesday, June 9, 2009

All that and the American Wandering Spider, too

Seeing an announcement for CSHL Press's Emerging Model Organisms: A Laboratory Manual, Volume 1 (link) has made me consider adding a new feature to the blog, "Books I wish I Owned." But would just owning this book be enough? Glancing at the list of emerging models, I am taken by two things. First, I was amused to see Dictyostelium discoideum on the table of contents. PubMed records on Dicty go back as far as the 1930s. Poor Dicty, still "emerging" after all these years! And second, would someone please set up a tank of comb jellies (Ctenophora), a colony of snails (Ilyanassa), or even a small terrarium of moss (Physcomitrella patens) in my office? These sound like fun critters to have around.

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