17 Mar “Alternative Model Organisms for Pharmaceutical Testing: Advantages of Zebrafish Over Mice”
Model organisms are organisms that are easy to house, develop, and maintain in the laboratory. They are ideal for scientific testing and research because they are adaptable and easy to manipulate. These organisms can be used for all kinds of research, including chemical, disease, and drug testing. Model organisms have several benefits for scientific testing and research, including affordability, genetic similarities to humans, and suitability for genetic mapping.
Traditional model organisms like mice, rats, fruit flies, and yeast have been widely used in research for many years, but they come with ethical concerns and can be expensive to breed. However, new alternatives like zebrafish are becoming more popular due to their genetic similarities to humans and cost-effectiveness. Zebrafish can produce hundreds of eggs in a single reproductive cycle and have several organs that replicate human organs, making them suitable for drug testing and disease research.
With modern technology becoming more advanced, genetic modification and testing are easier than in the past, allowing scientists at Biobide to carry out more straightforward and faster research. Another moldel organisms used by Biobide’s scientists include daphnia and algae, being these pillar models for the identification of substances with a potential ecotoxicity effect. Using model organisms is essential to save costs and time in drug testing and disease research. It is an effective way to identify if a product is safe for human use, such as a new drug, a vaccine, or a household cleaning chemical. Model organisms will always have a role in pharmaceutical research, and with modern technology, it is becoming easier and faster to conduct research.
In contrast to mice and rats, zebrafish are easier to manipulate genetically and have a faster development time, allowing for more efficient research. Zebrafish also have several organs that closely replicate human organs, including the heart, brain, pancreas, liver, and kidneys.
Overall, zebrafish have several advantages over the mouse model, making them a valuable alternative in pharmaceutical testing and research.