Dr Love's zebrafish
Dr Don Love and his team at Auckland University are using zebrafish to investigate heritable diseases like Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
He met with Year 13 Biology students to discuss his work and some of the techniques commonly used in his laboratory.
Watch clips of Dr Love explaining:
- What makes zebrafish good models for some human diseases – and not others
- Genes, chromosomes and genomes – and what you need to know in order to create a targeted gene effect
- The importance of PCR and DNA sequencing in identifying fish with a specific mutation
- Why the future represents a ‘new dawn’ in biological research
- Careers prospects for geneticists in New Zealand
To find out more about Don’s work, get the Hub’s information sheet: Zebrafish make a difference.
Participating students were from:
- Stratford High School
- Wellington College
- Waipa Area School
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