Tropical Fish Research
Tropical Fish Health Benefits – Further Zebra Danio Research
We have had a few articles previously outlining the increasing importance of using tropical fish in the study of diseases and providing health benefits that are above and beyond their stress reducing capacity when viewed. Zebra Danio research has become a very important laboratory research tool. In a recently published story from Wesleyan University, researchers have used the Danio rerio and some mutant variants to further understanding and knowledge on a particular gene found in both these fish and humans as well. The gene, tbx6 has been known to deal with the development of muscles and stem cells, but its role has not been well understood. This Zebra Danio research is aimed at finding the ways that these genes operate, and the future conclusions could have great impact on preventing or treating people with serious muscular disorders. The report by the Hartford Courant states:
Now, this freshwater tropical fish may have helped Wesleyan researchers uncover one of the mysteries at the root of muscular dystrophy and other diseases that affect human musculature. A recent study led by Dr. Stephen DeVoto, a biology professor at Wesleyan, shows how a gene known as tbx6 plays a major role in the development of muscle and stem cells as well as the development of vertebrae.
Further Zebra Danio Research is needed
The findings are still very much in the initial stages. It is, however, heartening to know that at least a bit of light has been shown on the ways that a previous gene with unknown capabilities has been identified as controlling some of the muscular and bone development in the zebra danio. Mutant strains of the fish without this gene had spinal deformities and even fused spines. This Zebra Danio research has shed some light on the operation and control that the tbx6 gene exerts during fetal development. It may not lead to a cure for Muscular Dystrophy in human patients, but further research may discover ways to prevent the problem form occurring in the first place.
The more we find out about these fish,it seems the greater the knowledge we have abut our own situations as well