Why Xenopus?


 

Why Xenopus?
Purchasing
Water
Water Systems
Feeding
Lighting
The Frogs
Handling
Sexing Frogs
Testes Isolation
In Vitro Ferts
Oocyte Surgery
Colony Returns
Recycling Frogs
Natural Mating
Raising Tadpoles
Health & Disease

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Updated 1/25/2006

Why Xenopus laevis?

These frogs are very easy to maintain and can be induced up to three times a year to lay eggs with just a simple injection of hormone. They have very large eggs and the embryos develop quite quickly so microinjections, extracts and developmental analysis are all quite easy.

Female Xenopus laevis

Xenopus laevis eggs

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Why Xenopus tropicalis?

Unlike the laevis, the tropicalis are true diploids, making them ideal for genetic work.  Also, the time to sexual maturity is less in the tropicalis then in the laevis, again making them the better model for genetics.

 

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