The Tiny Fish That's Changing Modern Medicine

The key to curing cancer could be swimming around in your aquarium! Young biologists meet the zebra fish and learn about its contributions to medicine in the 149th installment in a series of science videos. The content includes how fish and human genomes are similar, the genes identified in zebra fish that are linked to cancer, and the fish's amazing ability to regrow damaged cardiac tissue.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • The advanced subject matter works well in upper-level biology and genetics courses
  • Use the content to create fascinating research projects and problem-based learning assignments
Classroom Considerations
  • The resource contains some very technical terms and concepts; be sure to prepare the class appropriately to ensure understanding
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • The narrator provides thorough explanations of each fish's contributions to modern medicine
  • Images of cancer cells and damaged cardiac tissue allow pupils to better visualize both conditions
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