All right, bud, I'm calling you a crab!
Do you "drink like a fish?" Then according to a study published this week in the journal of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, you might be a negative influence on everyone around you. New research reveals the impact that alcohol has on schools of zebrafish, and it sounds...familiar.
Makes sense... human criminals are afraid of Robocop
As we all know, when you combine fish, alcohol, and robots, science happens. At the Polytechnic Institute of New York (NYU-Poly), researchers have been finding out how fish interact with robots, and in a new phase of their experiments, they were able to make robotic fish terrifying enough to trigger the predator-evading behavior of zebrafish.
Instead of getting rats and mice drunk to study alcohol's affects on the brain, a new technique uses drunk fish and robots.
Typically when studying how alcohol affects the brain, scientists use rats and mice, but it could be last call for rodents. The Polytechnic Institute of New York has a new solution about how to study alcohol -- drunk fish and robots. The new method is supposed to be more efficient at getting consistent data, and it turns out drunk fish don't behave like drunk humans.
Researchers at Japan's National Institute of Genetics believe they've captured a world first video -- images of a thought making it's way through the brain of a zebrafish.
It's not a particularly complicated thought -- essentially 'Hey, that looks like it could be food.' -- but the fact that the team has imaged the very stuff of even simple thought for the first time is really kind of amazing -- not unlike magic. Keep reading to see the video of this unprecedented look into the mind of a zebrafish.
Zebrafish are the guinea pigs of the undersea world
, used by countless researchers across the world to study neuroscience, genomics, and just about everything in between. Though the fish are well understood, they also have qualities that still flummox researchers. Topping that list is the fishes' inexplicable ability to regrow brain cells
. The neat trick -- which is severely limited in humans and other mammals -- may have an unlikely origin, as new research suggests that the regenerative process is jumpstarted by inflammation
that can be severely damaging to the brain as well.
Thanks to a pretty well documented and uncomplicated genome, zebrafish are quickly becoming the first choice in genetic engineering models
for researchers from a variety of fields. While understanding and tinkering with the DNA of a zebrafish may be easier than it is with other animals, genetic engineering is still a very difficult, time-consuming business. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic
, though, have brought that dream closer to fruition, developing a toolkit that makes inserting, activating, and deactivating natural and synthetic genes in the zebrafish genome easier
than ever and making it a much more reliable model for human disease.