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WormBook. 2018 Aug 9;2018:1-19. doi: 10.1895/wormbook.1.180.1.

Working with dauer larvae.

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Department of Biology, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859 USA.


Dauer diapause is a stress-resistant, developmentally quiescent, and long-lived larval stage adopted by Caenorhabditis elegans when conditions are unfavorable for growth and reproduction. This chapter contains methods to induce dauer larva formation, to isolate dauer larvae, and to study pre- and post-dauer stages.

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