Swimming for Science

Out of the approximate 20 million animals used in scientific research annually, zebrafish have increasingly become the choice to replace rodents and primates as a favored species in biomedical research. They are chosen because of their genetic similarity to humans and their versatility. 

However, because of concerns voiced by policymakers, citizens and scientific authorities about the number of animals used in experiments, researchers, such as Sachit Butail, an assistant professor in the NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, are exploring alternative computer-based methodologies to help reduce animal usage.

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