As an animal model, the zebrafish offers many advantages that save researchers time and money.
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Of the many qualities that make the zebrafish a model organism, the fact that it shares 70% of the genes humans have makes it an ideal candidate for developmental biology research.
The melanocytes in zebrafish stripes share many similarities to those in people.
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Zebrafish melanocytes cause diseases similar to those in people when they don’t work properly. Studying how they regenerate after injury could lead to new treatments for hair color loss and vitiligo.
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Ashkenazi Jews are significantly more susceptible to a rare genetic disorder known as Gaucher disease.
Zebrafish are genetically similar to humans.
Zebrafish are ideal for drug discovery especially in the context of neurological and inflammatory conditions.
Because of their social nature and the fact that they share 70 per cent of their DNA with humans, zebrafish make ideal test subjects.
Growing interest in psychedelics has spurred new research decades after hallucinogenics were tested in Saskatchewan in the 1950s. And an unassuming common fish is proving a useful test subject.
Physically removing bad or unwanted memories by altering synapses in the brain may one day be possible.
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Understanding where and how memories are formed could lead to more ways to treat conditions like PTSD and addiction.
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You share the same drug habits, the same age-related memory problems and are similarly impatient when forced to wait for food.
Zebrafish are small, freshwater fish native to South Asia.
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Species can evolve to tolerate higher temperatures – but there’s a ceiling beyond which adaptation isn’t possible.
This confocal microscope image shows the face of a week-old zebrafish.
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Recent studies using CRISPR to fast-track genetic studies into human disease genes appear flawed.
We wanted to find out which biological phenomena are crucial for pattern formation and which are just incidental. These sorts of questions can be answered with mathematical modelling.
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Are pretty blue and gold stripes more important than being a bold little swimmer?
Zebrafish are known for their black and gold stripes.
Zebrafish are known for their black and gold stripes, but researchers are still figuring out how pigment cells interact to form these patterns.
A mathematician has joined the dots between Alan Turing and chasing cells to find out how skin patterns are formed.
Zebrafish given alcohol speed up their swimming when around other fish, compared to swimming alone. Researchers from NYU…
Zebrafish at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.
Our series, Animals in Research, profiles the top organisms used for science experimentation. Here, we look at Danio rerio - the zebrafish. Zebrafish are probably not the first creatures that come to mind…
In order to drag themselves onto land, fish-like creatures needed limbs.
In the late Devonian period, roughly 365 million years ago, fish-like creatures started venturing from shallow waters onto land. Among the various adaptations associated with the switch to land life was…