Xenopus laevis is not just any frog, it’s the African clawed frog, an important model organism for scientists. As a model organism, it is closely related to humans and other vertebrates and was even on board the space shuttle Endeavour to study reproduction in zero gravity. It is used extensively in developmental biology, cell biology, toxicology and neurobiology primarily because of its large, easy to work with embryo. In nature, it is an aggressive and robust predator and can easily invade new habitats and outcompete native frog species.

The Xenopus pendant can be purchased in my Shapeways shop and my Etsy shop (click thumbnails below for links).

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