The Fish

Small, tropical zebrafish, native to southeast Asia, have been recruited relatively recently from the pet shop and into the lab. They are easy to look after and breed prodigiously. External fertilization allows easy genetic manipulation and analysis, and the embryo is optically transparent. In addition, the availability of a vast storehouse of mutations means that this model will provide insights into developmental processes for years to come. View full pdf featuring research timeline, stats

The Scientist Staff
Jun 1, 2003

Small, tropical zebrafish, native to southeast Asia, have been recruited relatively recently from the pet shop and into the lab. They are easy to look after and breed prodigiously. External fertilization allows easy genetic manipulation and analysis, and the embryo is optically transparent. In addition, the availability of a vast storehouse of mutations means that this model will provide insights into developmental processes for years to come.

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