One drunk zebrafish swims faster...sober peers act tipsy, too: Study
- Cez Verzosa for techtimes.com May 20th, 2014
- Source: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/7267/20140520/one-drunk-zebrafish-swims-faster-sober-peers-act-tipsy-too-study.htm
What happens when one adheres to the seemingly unexciting reminder of alcohol advertisements about drinking moderately? Surprisingly it does well, at least for the zebrafish. In fact, when they are drunk, they can be quite influential to their peers.
Past studies have already been conducted on zebrafish to determine the intricacy of the correlations between alcohol and social behavior. These zebrafish (Danio rerio) are relatively convenient to use, since they are cheaper to maintain, their genomes are well-understood, and they do great in interacting with other fish in schools or shoals. Dubbed as the "new lab rats," the zebrafish became a trend after the altering of their DNA structures became possible in 1988.