Glossary beginning with D

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dauer larvasearch for term
A developmental stage of C. elegans that occurs under starvation conditions in which the larva enters developmental stasis. With food, the dauer larva can reach L4 stage and then become an adult. Dauer is German for enduring.
differentiationsearch for term
Process usually involving changes in gene expression by which a precursor cell becomes a distinct specialized cell type.
DNAsearch for term
Short for deoxyribonucleic acid. Long linear polymer, composed of four kinds of deoxyribose nucleotides, that is the carrier of genetic information. In its native state, DNA is a double helix of two antiparallel strands held together by hydrogen bonds between complementary purine and pyramidine bases.