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Mar 15, 2007

Zebrafish as Model Organisms

  • The zebrafish is a widely-used model organism.

    In this week's podcast, Brant Weinstein, Ph.D., a senior investigator at the NIH, explains in detail what makes zebrafish so useful in life science studies. He discusses the specific types of research that rely on zebrafish and talks about what we have learned from the investigation of zebrafish genomics. He details the kinds of lab equipment and instrumentation that are especially useful in the study and elaborates on how reverse, forward, and chemical genetics research will lead to new insights on human diseases.

    Go to http://www.genengnews.com/gencasts.aspx to listen to this important discussion then return to the blog to give your thoughts on the following questions:

    Many scientists consider the zebrafish THE ideal model organism for the study of vertebrate development and disease. What do you like, and don’t like, about working with zebrafish in your research?

    Any suggestions for making them more useful as model organisms?

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