Emergence of the zebrafish (Danio rerio) as a low-budget research tool in biomedicine, sociology, and technology
Keywords:zebrafish, low-budget research tool, new drug discovery, behavior, environmental pollution
The introduction of the zebrafish as a mass screening tool can be compared to the early days of the laboratory rat and more specific to the genetically knocked-out mice. Recently this model has found its application in a broad field of applications and is widely used by investigators in the disciplines of biological, medical, social and technological sciences. The biological properties of the zebrafish make it suitable for experimental manipulation. Of course there are some limitations to the assay that should be dealt with appropriately during investigation, but apart from these minor problems, the zebrafish has evolved to an important research tool with a multidisciplinary character.