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Nat Rev Genet. 2002 Jan;3(1):53-64.

Medaka--a model organism from the far East.

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  • 1Developmental Biology Programme, EMBL-Heidelberg, Meyerhofstrasse 1, 69012 Heidelberg, Germany. jochen.wittbrodt@embl-heidelberg.de


Genome sequencing has yielded a plethora of new genes the function of which can be unravelled through comparative genomic approaches. Increasingly, developmental biologists are turning to fish as model genetic systems because they are amenable to studies of gene function. Zebrafish has already secured its place as a model vertebrate and now its Far Eastern cousin--medaka--is emerging as an important model fish, because of recent additions to the genetic toolkit available for this organism. Already, the popularity of medaka among developmental biologists has led to important insights into vertebrate development.

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