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