DEPRESSED FISH COULD HELP IN THE SEARCH FOR NEW DRUG TREATMENTS
Science Daily, Aug. 5, 2013
Chronic stress can lead to depression and anxiety in humans. Scientists working
with Herwig Baier, Director at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in
Martinsried, recently discovered a very similar link in fish.
The zebrafish is a popular model organism for biological and medical research.
So far, however, it has not been an obvious research object for the study of
psychiatric disorders. This may be about to change.
The scientists' discovery is therefore also of interest to the pharmaceutical
industry, given that the zebrafish could turn out to be a good model organism
for a large-scale screen for new drugs.