Kameha Kidd and Brant Weinstein
Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health,
The zebrafish is a relatively recent addition to the field of microvascular research, but it possesses a number of distinct advantages for studies of blood vessel formation in vivo including experimental and genetic accessibility and an optically clear embryo. Because of its useful attributes, the fish has already begun to contribute significantly to our understanding of key factors involved in vessel growth, differentiation, and maturation, as well as the mechanisms that guide the patterning and function of the vasculature. In this chapter we provide a historical background and brief overview of the use of the fish for studies of blood vessel formation.
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This ebook provides an introductory explanation of the workings of the human body, with an effort to draw connections between the body systems and explain their interdependencies. A framework for the book is homeostasis and how the body maintains balance within each system. This is intended as a first introduction to physiology for a college-level course.