Genetics and early development of zebrafish

Trends Genet. 1989 Aug;5(8):283-8. doi: 10.1016/0168-9525(89)90103-0.


Zebrafish genes and development are being studied in a growing number of laboratories. Given that many other organisms are already being exploited by large numbers of investigators, and that our general knowledge about the zebrafish embryo and genome is at present rather sketchy, why should we now concern ourselves with how this tropical fish develops? Whereas the zebrafish embryo is similar in important ways to other vertebrate embryos, it is relatively simple and unusually accessible for both cellular and genetic analyses.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Blastocyst
  • Cyprinidae / genetics*
  • DNA Mutational Analysis
  • Female
  • Genes*
  • Zebrafish / embryology
  • Zebrafish / genetics*
  • Zebrafish / growth & development