A number of zebrafish curiosities

Alan Roach indirectly raises two simple questions:

  1. Is the zebrafish an animal?
  2. What is a large number, as compared with a small number?

zebrafish_200w.jpgThe August 27, 2007 issue of Chemistry & Industry explains:

Zebrafish have the potential to reduce dramatically the number of animals that are used for testing in drug discovery.

UK biotechnology company Summit is one company that has pioneered their use… “The zebrafish redefines the phrase ‘breeding like rabbits’ as every female can produce up to 300 embryos a week,” Summit’s director of biology, Alan Roach, said. “We make 10,000 a day.”