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Practical Fishkeeping (UK) - - Community fish -

Ze­bra dan­ios were the first ever ver­te­brate to be cloned, and their im­por­tance to science is im­pos­si­ble to over­state. At this time, there are well over 400 lab­o­ra­to­ries glob­ally, ded­i­cated to Ze­bra danio re­search. In­for­ma­tion gained from dan­ios has been in­stru­men­tal in as­sist­ing the de­vel­op­ment of cancer treat­ments, along­side a gal­axy of medicines for other ail­ments.

What makes th­ese fish all the more ap­peal­ing to re­searchers is that at the point of spawn­ing, there are sci­en­tific pro­ce­dures in place to re­move the tough shell of the egg, al­low­ing ‘easy’ ma­nip­u­la­tion of the in­di­vid­ual de­vel­op­ing cells within!

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