Non-model model organismsMore about Open Access at the Crick
Authors listJames J Russell Julie A Theriot Pranidhi Sood Wallace F Marshall Laura F Landweber Lillian Fritz-Laylin Jessica K Polka Snezhka Oliferenko Therese Gerbich Amy Gladfelter James Umen Magdalena Bezanilla Madeline A Lancaster Shuonan He Matthew C Gibson Bob Goldstein Elly M Tanaka Chi-Kuo Hu Anne Brunet
Model organisms are widely used in research as accessible and convenient systems to study a particular area or question in biology. Traditionally only a handful of organisms have been widely studied, but modern research tools are enabling researchers to extend the set of model organisms to include less-studied and more unusual systems. This Forum highlights a range of 'non-model model organisms' as emerging systems for tackling questions across the whole spectrum of biology (and beyond), the opportunities and challenges, and the outlook for the future.