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Underwater Lab Rats: Fishy New Research Subjects

by TFH Magazine on November 2, 2011 at 8:57 am

When Seattle Children’s Research Institute opens a pediatric research wing this winter, it will skip rodents to stock a better lab animal: the Danio rerio. That’s the zebra fish, a striped and translucent floater commonly sold for a buck at pet stores. Sure, fish can’t jog on a tiny treadmill or navigate a maze. But biologists at the University of Oregon discovered decades ago that the swimmers mimic human physiology pretty well. Didn’t know you had so much in common with a pet store fish?


Photo: National Geographic Society






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Posted in Aquatic News by TFH Magazine on November 2nd, 2011 at 8:57 am.

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