mec-3, a homeobox-containing gene that specifies differentiation of the touch receptor neurons in C. elegans.

@article{Way1988mec3AH,
  title={mec-3, a homeobox-containing gene that specifies differentiation of the touch receptor neurons in C. elegans.},
  author={Jeffrey C. Way and Martin Chalfie},
  journal={Cell},
  year={1988},
  volume={54 1},
  pages={5-16}
}
The mec-3 gene is essential for proper differentiation of the set of six touch receptor neurons in C. elegans. In mutants lacking mec-3 activity, the touch receptors express none of their unique differentiated features and appear to be transformed into other types of neurons. We cloned the mec-3 gene by transposon tagging and showed that a mec-3 mutant can be rescued by germ line transformation using a 5.6 kb genomic DNA fragment. In a strain in which transforming mec-3 DNA is present in about… CONTINUE READING
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