The stereotypical picture of a scientist includes a white lab coat and a laboratory full of petri dishes, beakers and test tubes. However, some research questions can only be answered using the complexity of living, breathing multicellular organisms. In these cases, preliminary studies use animal models, and if successful, the final stages of development for a new drug or therapy are conducted using human subjects.
Today, scientists are using a certain animal more extensively in order to understand human disease. The Zebrafish is a small torpedo-shaped fish native to the Indian subcontinent. It’s named for its distinctive horizontal pattern of alternating gold or silver and blue stripes.