Model Organisms

GGC has recruited acclaimed zebrafish geneticists Dr. Richard Steet as Director of Research and Dr. Heather Flanagan-Steet as Director of Functional Studies. They bring with them a research platform new to GGC - the model organism. GGC’s new aquaculture facility houses 10,000 zebrafish.

Zebrafish are a powerful model for human genetic disease. Despite the obvious anatomical differences, humans and zebrafish share around 70% of their genes in common, and many of the tissues develop using the same fundamental mechanisms.

Because zebrafish embryos are transparent and develop outside the mother’s body, scientists can follow early developmental processes. These versatile animals are also used to conduct biochemical experiments and genome editing techniques, as well as test the effects of various treatments on the disease process. 

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