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Video of the Month: The Zebrafish Core

If you asked people to name animal models for research, very few would mention zebrafish. How did a little hardy tropical fish that you can buy in a pet store become one of the animal species that help answer questions about human health and disease?

Zebrafish in the Advanced Technology Zebrafish Genetics Core. Image by Billy Miller.

Zebrafish research started in the early 1960s when University of Oregon researcher Dr. George Streisinger found an inspiration for a new model organism in his home aquarium. Zebrafish have been increasing in popularity among scientists as research has shown that 70% of human genes are found in zebrafish and 84% of human genes associated with human disease have a zebrafish counterpart.

Baylor College of Medicine has created the Advanced Technology Zebrafish Genetics Core, which is available to both Baylor researchers and the TMC community at large to conduct research with the zebrafish model.

Join Dr. Daniel Gorelick, Core director and associate professor of molecular and cellular biology and the Center for Precision Environmental Health, and operations manager Lauren Marie Pandolfo on a tour of the Zebrafish Core highlighting its state-of-the-art facilities and research.

Learn more about what the Zebrafish Core offers to researchers, here.

Are you interested in conducting research with zebrafish?

Contact the Zebrafish Core via email:


Video by Billy Miller.


By Ana María Rodríguez, Ph.D.


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