The Genetics and Cell Biology of Fertilization

Brian D. Geldziler
Matthew R. Marcello
Andrew Singson
Diane C. Shakes, William & Mary

Abstract

Although the general events surrounding fertilization in many species are well described, the molecular underpinnings of fertilization are still poorly understood. Caenorhabditis elegans has emerged as a powerful model system for addressing the molecular and cell biological mechanism of fertilization. A primary advantage is the ability to isolate and propagate mutants that effect gametes and no other cells. This chapter provides conceptual guidelines for the identification, maintenance, and experimental approaches for the study fertility mutants.