BioActive Monthly

A Model Fish

January 15, 2014

Scientists with North Carolina Central University Nutrition Research Program and NCA&T’s Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies teamed up to study the bioactive compounds in ginger. They did it using a rather model fish called zebrafish.

NC Central scientist TinChung Leung, PhD, uses the model fish for research into natural compounds that can help prevent or treat disease like cancer and diabetes. Zebrafish are an important research tool because their genes are similar to humans. Also, their eggs are clear and zebrafish themselves are easy to see through. These factors allow scientists to color cells, proteins, enzymes and compounds and see under a microscope in real-time what is happening.

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