Research Unit for Zebrafish Launched at Hyderabad

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An exclusive research facility for Zebrafish has been set up at the city-based Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB).

The lab has been doing research on Zebrafish. The facility will be laboratory for research on this alternative animal model. It was inaugurated on Monday by Prof. Samir K. Brahmachari, Director-General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.

Zebrafish, a native of Indian subcontinent, has gained prominence as a model organism as it provides access to various genetic, genomic and biology information with distinct advantages in the vertebrate systems.

Speaking on this occasion, Dr Ch Mohan Rao, Director, CCMB said the genome of Zebrafish is similar to the genome of human beings. This has prompted the lab to deal exclusively with this fish to investigate developmental biology in vertebrates. It is an important model to study human diseases.


The Hindu Business Line, July 03, 2012