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Zebra fish helping save lives

Zebra fish helping save lives

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Source: Evening Magazine

Scientists at Seattle Children’s Research Institute are using a unique species of fish to find out why some babies are born with heart malformations and how a defective heart might repair itself. About one percent of U.S. babies are born with a heart defect, requiring medication, surgery or catheter procedures. While the condition is common, the cause is often unknown. Multiple genes are believed to contribute to heart malformations so genetic testing is difficult. Lead researcher Dr. Lisa Maves, helped establish a state-of-the-art aquatics facility for zebrafish at Seattle Children’s Research Institute in 2012 after she joined the Myocardial Regenerative Initiative, led by Dr. Mark Majesky.