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        Ascidians are an emerging model system for the study of embryology, gene regulatory networks, chordate evolution and comparative physiology.  Ascidians have great potential as a model system, but they present unique experimental challenges.  One of the limitations of ascidians as an experimental model is the dependence of most of the ascidian community on wild-caught animals.  The Smith lab has established an ascidian culturing facility at the marine laboratory of the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) in order to provide a supplemental source of Ciona (C. intestinalis and C. savignyi) adults for research laboratories. In collaboration with the laboratory of Michael Levine at UC Berkeley , we are generating a set of stable transgenic animals that carry tissue-specific fluorescent proteins.

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The ascidian stock center is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (R24GM075049).  Please acknowledge the Ascidian Stock Center in any resulting publications. 


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