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Xenopus Frog Model Organism Mug

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Xenopus laevis, the African claw-toed frog, has been used in the laboratory by scientists for a long time. It has large embryos that can be easily altered by hand under a microscope, and so was a key organism in early experimental embryology. It was in Xenopus that the first successful clone was produced by nuclear transplantation by John Gurdon in 1958. You can get one of these mugs with the scientists' amphibian friend on it in our Kickstarter.

Green coloured mug featuring an illustration of Xenopus laevis and some facts about it.

Printed on demand in the UK.

UK shipping included. International shipping supplement.


Model Organism Pattern

Guinea pigs and lab rats are the stereotypical terms that come to mind when people think of labs and experiments and science.

In actuality, neither of these animals are commonly used in science anymore, though a few decades ago they were the staples of animal experimentation. Today, scientists use a range of other organisms, collectively termed model organisms, to learn about biology.

Model organisms tend to be ones that are both cheap, and easy to breed and maintain in a laboratory. Often these organisms take up little lab space, as well as having quick generation times and rapid life cycles. They offer simpler systems to study the mechanisms underlying processes in more complex creatures such as humans, and allow scientists to understand things that can’t be studied directly – like genetics or human diseases.

This print contains the organisms: Ciona intestinalis, Escherichia coli, Saccharomyces cerevisae, Caenorhabditis elegans, Danio rerio, Peromyscus, Drosophila melanogaster, Mus musculus, Arabidopsis thaliana & Zea mays