Learning Their Stripes


These one-inch long zebrafish have helped researchers make important discoveries in muscular dystrophy, hematology disorders, renal disease, and cancer. This is because:

  • Zebrafish share 70 percent of genes with humans and 84 percent of genes linked to human diseases.
  • Their muscles, blood, kidneys, and eyes share many features with human systems.
  • Two zebrafish can produce hundreds of embryos in less than a week.
  • Their embryos are nearly transparent, allowing researchers to easily examine the development of internal structures.