We have enjoyed
access to rich sources of microscopic data from several key laboratories, especially
those at the MRC/LMB (Cambridge, England), the University of Wisconsin, Caltech,
the University of Texas, and Johns Hopkins University. Our archival collection
of TEM images in New York now includes most of the work done at MRC/LMB, including
the unpublished notes of John Sulston, John White, Richard Durbin, and Donna
Albertson. These data include a large set of cell reconstructions that are marked
on their archival prints from serially sectioned animals from embryos, larval
stages and adults. Most of this work (overseen by John Sulston, John White,
Sydney Brenner, or Jonathan Hodgkin) was originally conducted by Nichol Thomson
(thin sectioning) and Eileen Southgate (microscopy, printing and cell tracing),
and in many instances we are using their unpublished data as well as Louis Edgar's
original drawings to better inform and illustrate our handbook. We
are also courteously allowed access to the MIT archive by Erika Hartwieg and
Robert H. Horvitz.
We are grateful to Albert Einstein
College of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience for providing us the server
and computer facilities that are essential for this work.
We are indebted to The Royal Society
of London for generously granting us the permission to bring "the Mind
of a Worm" and "the Pharynx of C. elegans" online on a
no-fee basis. We are also grateful
to Elsevier Science/Academic Press, Society of Neuroscience, John Wiley &
Sons, Inc. for granting us permission to present HTML versions of various articles
We thank Juergen
Berger and Ralph Sommer for generously sharing their scanning EM images of C.
elegans with us.
SEM images and quicktime movies
of SEM stacks produced in AE were accomplished with the help of Carolyn Marks
and Adam Hartley. Quicktime
movie of stacking of vpi cells was created by Brian Henick and Adam Hartley.
We thank Paul Coddington
and Yuh-Jye (Michael) Chang for kindly sharing the source code for the Visible
Human Viewer (http://www.dhpc.adelaide.edu.au/projects/vishuman2/VisibleHuman.html)
We thank John Fiala
and his colleagues for kindly letting us use their programming codes for analysis
and reconstruction of three-dimensional objects from serial sections (http://www.synapses.bu.edu/tools/index.stm).
We acknowledge the financial support
of the NIH Division of Research Resources, which has funded our Center
Original parts list of C. elegans
compiled by J. Sulston and J. White formed the basis of our "glossary".
We thank the following researchers
for kindly reviewing sections of the Handbook: Leon Avery (pharynx), Erik Jorgensen
(rectum and anus), Jim Kramer (cuticle), E. Jane Hubbard, Darrell Killian, John
Maciejowski, Andrew Singson and Tim Schedl (the reproductive system - Part I
We would like to thank the members of "The Male Wiring Project" for sharing their data and allowing us to add it to the male anatomy web pages: Scott W. Emmons, Meng Xu, Zara Martirosyan, Michael Y. Zhang, Haftan Eckholdt, Donna Albertson, Nicol Thomson and David H. Hall.
The 3-D reconstructions of various anatomical structures created from stacks of images taken from strains expressing GFP marker linked to C. elegans genes have been an invaluable addition to our atlas. These strains were created in Baillie and Moerman labs and processed for imaging mostly by Rebecca Newbury who also kindly submitted them to WA.
We are thankful to the many members
of the scientific community for sharing their published and unpublished data