Hyderabad: A new facility dedicated to the research of zebra fish, whose genome was similar to that of the human beings, has been established at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) here.
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Director General Samir K Brahmachari inaugurated the state-of-the-art Zebra Fish Research Facility at the CCMB campus today.
CCMB has been engaged in research on zebra fish, a native of Indian subcontinent that has gained prominence as a model organism as it provides access to genetic, reverse genetic, genomic, cell biology and molecular biology approaches with distinct advantages in vertebrate system.
Speaking on the occasion, CCMB Director Mohan Rao said genome of zebra fish was similar to the genome of human beings. This has prompted CCMB to deal exclusively with this fish to investigate developmental biology in vertebrates.
The zebra fish was an important model to study human diseases and modern biology and the new centre will be used for this purpose, he said.
The facility is equipped with sets of stand-alone zebra fish system, breeding/handling set in temperature and light-controlled rooms along with a full-fledged laboratory.