RESOURCES: The Zebrafish Zone

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Science  12 Oct 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5541, pp. 271
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5541.271c

With its fast-growing, transparent embryos, the zebrafish has become a favorite for charting development. For the developmental biologists, geneticists, and others scrutinizing this small fish, the Zebrafish Information Network nets a rich catch of resources—from a jobs board to a pathology service for diagnosing mysterious aquarium deaths. The core of ZFIN, created by zebrafish mavens at the University of Oregon, Eugene, is a humongous database of gene and other info to which registered users contribute. There you can angle for particular genes or mutants, scan the fish's genetic map, troll a bibliography holding nearly 3400 abstracts, or track down specific labs or researchers.

Elsewhere on the site there's a labeled atlas of developmental stages that offers photos so detailed you can zoom in on individual cells. And a helpful guide covers the intricacies of raising, breeding, and studying zebrafish, from in vitro fertilization to histology.

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