Zebrafish: The New Lab Rat

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Feel bad for Lab Rats? Well don’t feel bad for them any more! Turns out Zebrafish are even better ‘lab rats’ than the lab rats and are being used more and more frequently. Trace has what makes these little guys such good test subjects.

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steelrain64 August 23, 2013 - 10:17 AM

my teacher has a saying about animal testing
"animal testing is like wipeing your ass, its not pretty but we need to do it"
Carl Buckley, 10th Grade biology teacher

DancingKittyCat August 28, 2013 - 3:48 AM

I think animal testing for science is fine because we use the information to better our lives, but animal testing for the cosmetic industry is horrible and needs to stop. We already know that we shouldn't put shampoo and other beauty products in our eyes, so why do they need to torture poor animals to go like "yup can't put this product in your eye either".

MrPitamar September 21, 2013 - 7:24 AM

Oh so if I kill some creatures and torture them, and only breed them so I will have more test subjects to torture, but it helped your fiance, then it's k.
What if I killed a dog? Or a fucking cute baby orphan elephant, or anything that you can relate to more than a fucking fish or even a single cell life form, would that still be ok? What if I would ask you to kill your own pet, dog cat or whatever, because my wife will be saved, would you do it? You don't know me, and I wouldn't pay you.

LynneSkysong September 21, 2013 - 10:10 AM

The thing is, it isn't mindless killing and torture. There's a lot of research that goes into medicine before it gets to animal testing. I'd rather use animal testing than prison inmates. It isn't an easy choice to make, but currently it's the best one we have. If we were able to develop computer models or something not living to validate new medicine on, that would wonderful and I would be all for it.

Yes, I value human lives over rats. I also eat meat. But I don't kill animals for no reason.

LynneSkysong September 21, 2013 - 10:13 AM

As for your hypothetical wife, I can't think of my cases in which killing my hypothetical dog would save her. One case I can think of is if my dog was attacking your wife. And the answer is yes, if it came down to it that the only way I could save her was to kill my own pet, I would do it. And I wouldn't expect payment. My dog is my responsibility and I wouldn't let her/him hurt other people, or pets for that matter.

MrPitamar September 22, 2013 - 7:12 AM

Well, I didn't mean he was attacking my hypothetical wife (BTW I am 15 so…) I mean that your dog didn't do jack shit, he didn't kill anyone or attack anyone, but he has this special blood or something that can cure my wife's disease in some way, would you kill him for my sake? We aren't friends or anything, but I am a human being, and apearently human beings are more important than other life forms on this planet.
Correct me if I am wrong about your opinion.

TheAdampr September 22, 2013 - 9:52 PM

dude, it wasn't torture. They just removed its pancreas and gave it insulin to keep its blood sugar levels low. The dog didn't suffer much.

TheAdampr September 22, 2013 - 9:56 PM

dog didn't have special blood, but found the cause of diabetes from it by removing its pancreas as well as a way to stop people dying from it (insulin) :)

MrPitamar September 23, 2013 - 4:26 AM

I eat meat as well, and if that takes out some of my point, so be it.
All I am saying is, that human life isn't superior to any other life form, and if I was in the wild and I was one on one against another creature, I would kill him, because I know he doesn't give a shit about me.
But, animals never do anything out of hate, or anger, only because of their survival they never kill out of nothing.
While humans kill for their own selfish reasons, I know it's important, but I think it's total BS.

SonicOverlordUK September 27, 2013 - 2:55 AM

As someone who keeps zebra fish I can be a little swung by this. But I also have a good friend who would die if it were not for life saving meds which studies like this have made.

Rettheran September 30, 2013 - 5:13 AM

Animal testing to save human lives?

Of course!

Jesse Finnerty October 29, 2013 - 11:01 PM

It depends on the study… For example, the government did a study on marijuana to prove it had harmful effects on the brain, and did this by effectively suffocating monkeys with marijuana smoke mixed with NO oxygen for 5-6 minutes at a time. The asphyxiated monkeys got brain damage from lack of oxygen, which the researchers took as proof that marijuana causes brain damage. They STILL quote the results of this study, the only one that found any sign of brain damage, as if it proved its point.

Jesse Finnerty October 29, 2013 - 11:05 PM

Also, there are animal tests they do just to test new cosmetics which contain poisonous things like lead, and other harmful chemicals, to see if it might absorb through the skin if used, by coating the eyes of rabbits and cats with the stuff and seeing how much damage it causes and how well it absorbs into skin. Is there really a need for new cosmetics that are so dangerous they require animal testing? Why not use chemicals and natural products which have already been proven safe?

Jesse Finnerty October 29, 2013 - 11:09 PM

PS. This is not to say I am against all animal testing, but the truth is many of the studies done are NOT really necessary to help save lives, and some are blatantly ridiculous or even done arbitrarily just to continue funding or research on bogus projects or sprojects that purely exist to make the researchers money.

LynneSkysong October 30, 2013 - 7:13 AM

:/ That's hideous and one of the main reasons I turn a critical eye onto any study cited. I've worked in labs and currently do mechanical testing and (while not on par with the atrocity you cited) I've seen some shady things. Your data is only as good as your experiment (and experimenters). There's still (mostly, I hope) good researchers out there doing great work involving animals. They just don't the same amount of press coverage.

LynneSkysong October 30, 2013 - 7:14 AM

Short answer: profit.

The Real Flenuan December 13, 2013 - 4:00 AM

3 people thought they meant genetically engineered zebra–fish combos…

Alana Street January 18, 2014 - 1:18 PM

cool I've had zebra fish in my tank for years, love them, they're cool and they last a long time

animestop95 February 10, 2014 - 11:48 AM

I looked up this video because it is of interest to me. Funny that it came out on my birthday in 2013 :3

Psyandaehlyn March 8, 2014 - 2:44 PM

This is not the dubstep I was looking for…

Charles Draper March 15, 2014 - 1:18 AM


SK March 26, 2014 - 11:49 PM

Why do you call it new when they are already used in science for around 20 years?

PBako April 3, 2014 - 9:13 AM

They aren't commonly known as "Zebrafish"  Out of 10+ years keeping fish I have never heard that.  Only Zebra Danios

ExTaCiii May 24, 2014 - 5:54 PM

Their videos are so addictive

Pedro H June 15, 2014 - 1:46 AM

There is one thing I don't understand from people: If the animals being experimented on are going to be beneficial to us, why is there so much hate? we kill rats all the time, but when they experiment on them we lose our minds…soo……yeah..(BTW Awesome Video :D)

nemesisbreakz June 18, 2014 - 8:36 AM

We could use the brain from the host of this show. Oh wait….

Gealaich October 26, 2014 - 12:17 AM

Playing clicker heroes whilst watching this (or more accurately developing CTS) and when he mentions zombies finding brains delicious I get a zombie gloop.
Mildly interesting.

felixfelicia November 30, 2014 - 10:46 PM

I think getting rid of animal testing is a horrible idea but with that said there a very strict ethics code so scientists aren't going crazy on these animals. The animals should be treated with respect for their sacrifice that helps humans answer a lot of questions. think of a hippie scientist.

Mr.Fantastic 141 December 2, 2014 - 10:28 PM

really cool

thebuckster101 December 13, 2014 - 9:52 AM

well we can either test on animals, or we can test on humans. its not hard to see why we decided to test on animals

mcaeln January 12, 2015 - 4:12 AM

Why are so many bad words not getting censored?

Julius Fernando August 25, 2015 - 8:52 PM

how else has these as a pet

Stet709 March 22, 2016 - 5:29 AM

funny how this shows up in my youtube feed when I'm studying it in developmental biology in university…

luuke luketer June 23, 2016 - 7:15 PM

hahaha…Zebrafish are now fucked…..

Hola171773772717716663278281873 July 2, 2016 - 7:57 PM

Super computer simulations?

Axel Zectro January 29, 2017 - 8:08 AM

We could use xenomorphs 0_0

Ariq Rahman March 3, 2017 - 5:29 PM


Clean Living July 18, 2017 - 11:49 PM

Just bought 6 of these, never realized they were used so extensively in research. Funny because "Zebrafish" is a more common name in the scientific community, whereas "Zebra Danios" is used by fish keepers.

Ranjeet Bains October 29, 2017 - 6:01 PM

I have that fish.

lee8830 April 13, 2018 - 11:48 PM

you could use paedophiles rapist and child killers no need to test on animals with this scum in prisons

UHFStation1 April 28, 2018 - 8:53 AM

I hope we can use zebrafish to cure human blindness someday. They can completely remove its retina and it will grow back. A human retina doesn't heal hardly at all. Most damage is permanent. Depressing to think that nature says that a zebrafish's eyes are higher priority than ours.

Kelly Anderson May 4, 2018 - 11:46 PM

They are great little fish i have eight in my 29 gallon. .

estario May 28, 2018 - 4:11 PM

Amazing Spider-man anyone?

e8root June 2, 2018 - 12:31 PM

Use hoomanz. How? Ask germans how :P

Chris Sun September 21, 2019 - 8:47 AM

Animals to learn about human biology

Zebrafish – sequences genome
Cancers. Inner workings of the brain
Watch neurons fire

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