19 October 2012

Photo Friday #69: Sleeping with the fishes

My research nowadays uses zebrafish as a model organism. Yes, those little striped fish you can buy at the pet store. I realize that sounds weird, but it’s actually normal (for a scientist) and we’re doing lots of important stuff for human health. Promise!

Because I study development, I spend a lot of time looking at little baby fish. These here are five day old zebrafish larvae, and they’re each a little more than half a centimeter long. The glow comes from the microscope, which I was using to examine them. Even without magnification, you can still probably make out their huge eyes on the sides of their heads.


Sometimes – especially when I’m working late at night on a weekend, when I took this photo – I have to remember to step back, look at what I’m doing, and say, you know what? This is pretty neat stuff.

1 comments:

Tina said...

Yep. When you move from doing research on something w/o eyes to something with eyes... way cool.