Panel 1: Pirates of Hawaii – C. elegans lab variant, N2, was originally isolated in Bristol from a pineapple. This is a cartoon on how the polymorphic variant of N2, the Hawaiian strain, tries to conquer N2’s use as the common lab strain.
Panel 2: Game of worms: Tyrion Lannister is depicted by the fat and stout mutant in C. elegans called Dumpy. E. coli strain, OP50, is compared to Tryrion’s wine because C. elegans feeds on OP50 as much as Tyrion Lannister on his wine.
Panel 3: Mite wars: One major, eternal threat to C. elegans is posed by Mites! Here, mites are compared to dark forces/Sith army while worms are compared to the Jedi army. Fungi are also a source of contamination to C. elegans. Hence, fungi are shown as allies of the dark forces.
Panel 4: The usual suspects: The most common mutants used in C. elegans community – the wildtype (N2), the dumpy (dpy), the long (lon) and the uncoordinated (unc).