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Development of sensory systems in zebrafish (Danio rerio)Zebrafish possess all of the classic sensory modalities: taste, tactile, smell, balance, vision, and hearing. For each sensory system, this article provides a brief overview of the system in the adult zebrafish followed by a more detailed overview of the development of the system. By far the majority of studies performed in each of the sensory systems of the zebrafish have involved some aspect of molecular biology or genetics. Although molecular biology and genetics are not major foci of the paper, brief discussions of some of the mutant strains of zebrafish that have developmental defects in each specific sensory system are included. The development of the sensory systems is only a small sampling of the work being done using zebrafish and provides a mere glimpse of the potential of this model for the study of vertebrate development, physiology, and human disease.
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Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Moorman, S. J.
(Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio, United States)
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2001
Publication Information
Publication: ILAR journal / National Research Council, Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources
Volume: 42
Issue: 4
ISSN: 1084-2020
Subject Category
Life Sciences (General)
Distribution Limits
Non-NASA Center
NASA Discipline Developmental Biology
NASA Program Fundamental Space Biology
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