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Prog Retin Eye Res. 2008 Jan;27(1):89-110. Epub 2007 Sep 7.

Zebrafish: a model system for the study of eye genetics.

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Department of Biological Science, Graduate Program in Neuroscience, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32312, USA.


Over the last decade, the use of the zebrafish as a genetic model has moved beyond the proof-of-concept for the analysis of vertebrate embryonic development to demonstrated utility as a mainstream model organism for the understanding of human disease. The initial identification of a variety of zebrafish mutations affecting the eye and retina, and the subsequent cloning of mutated genes have revealed cellular, molecular and physiological processes fundamental to visual system development. With the increasing development of genetic manipulations, sophisticated techniques for phenotypic characterization, behavioral approaches and screening strategies, the identification of novel genes or novel gene functions will have important implications for our understanding of human eye diseases, pathogenesis, and treatment.

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