Date of Award

Spring 2008

Project Type


Program or Major


Degree Name

Master of Science


Caenorhabditis elegans has been the subject of numerous microarray experiments designed to help understand gene expression and function. Many such experiments have assessed the animal's transcriptional response to simple perturbations of the traditional laboratory environment.

Numerous intergenic regions showed expression. The majority were environment specific but most that were mutually expressed were structurally similar to protein-coding genes. They may well be un-annotated exons or genes. The environment specific regions were significantly shorter, overall, than coding sequences, and may represent polypeptides or non-coding RNA with regulatory or other functions.