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The iSpawn: The birds, the bees, and the zebrafish

One of the characteristics that make zebrafish a fantastic model for research is that they spawn…a lot. A healthy female zebrafish can lay upwards of 1,000 eggs each week. By comparison, the mouse, another species widely used in research, may have a single 12-pup litter each month.

Sometimes, though, that isn’t enough. A researcher screening a library of chemicals for potential drugs, for instance, might need tens of thousands of zebrafish embryos, all at the same developmental stage, to have statistically meaningful results.

That researcher could really use the iSpawn.

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