We have some new babies in the lab this week.
Newly hatched. And a new kind of invertebrate for us to work with: Sipunculan worms.
Sipunculid worms are often relegated to the “The Lesser Phyla” in invertebrate text books. It’s true they are not well-known or well-studied. But they hold great potential to answer some very interesting questions about developmental processes and how the body plans of different invertebrate larvae evolve. Dr. Michael Boyle will be joining the CollinLab early in 2012 so we will all be learning more about these funny looking little worms.