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zebrafish

[zee-bruh-fish; British also zeb-ruh-] /ˈzi brəˌfɪʃ; British also ˈzɛb rə-/
noun, plural zebrafishes (especially collectively) zebrafish.
1.
a small, slender freshwater fish, Brachydanio rerio, having luminous bluish-black and silvery-gold horizontal stripes: popular in home aquariums.
Also called zebra danio.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; zebra + fish
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  • zebrafish gene studies point to clues to a skin cancer's origins, two studies report.
  • Unlike newts, however, zebrafish reproduce quickly and are amenable to genetic manipulation.
  • The tiny zebrafish had already impressed scientists with its ability to regenerate damaged spinal cord, retina and fin tissues.
  • Instead of trying them out on mice, for example, some researchers are figuring out how to inject venom into zebrafish eggs.
  • zebrafish are a common aquarium fish that share many of the same genes as humans.

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