Feb 26 2014

So that’s what zebrafish are made of

They’re much simpler than I expected.


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  1. 1

    Obviously a bottom feeder.

  2. 2

    Ummm, what are we supposed to understand from this image?

  3. 3

    Ummm, what are we supposed to understand from this image?

    Don’t mess with Zebra fish.

  4. 4

    huh. My Bayesian priors would have led me to predict either snips, snails, and puppy-dog tails, or sugar, spice, and everything nice, depending.
    (talk about yer Gender Essentialism! But it’s fish, so it’s ok.)

  5. 5
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    There’s my missing beaker…

  6. 6

    I canz reconstitute a zebrafish from my junk drawer?

  7. 7
    David Marjanović

    Ummm, what are we supposed to understand from this image?

    All those things are used to study zebrafish. It’s a combination of molecular-biology items (pipettes, beakers, tubes with very fine scales…) and dissection equipment (scalpels, tweezers).

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    Irène Delse, on dry land among seabirds

    I don’t know how many people tweeted/e-mailed PZ about Vran’s pics in the last 24h, especially this zebrafish. I know it made me think of him right away. ;-)

  9. 9

    Looks more like some kind of toothcarp to me.

  10. 10

    Cool! I should check the floorboards of my car. Might be two or three of them living there.

  11. 11

    I noted the handguns in both the head and tail regions and determined the specimen was a male, possibly a ZFRA activist.

  12. 12
    PZ Myers

    Those aren’t handguns. Those are pipettors.

    Yeesh. Civilians.

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    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    Yeesh. Civilians.

    Amen. Those pipettors have been shown on CSI filling GCMS vials, or used for DNA sequencing. Standard lab equipment, which I do use on occasion for dilutions.

  14. 14

    What? No pink pens?

  15. 15

    My first thought was that it referred to all the plastics floating around in the oceans.

  16. 16

    So what are the chances that if a hurricane blew through a bio lab it would produce a zebrafish ?

  17. 17
    Pierre Kerner

    3 other model organisms can be found on Vran’s Blog: http://www.vran-blog.com/moleculart-biology/
    Platynereis dumerilii, Nematostella vectensis and Drosophila melanogaster!

  18. 18

    @12- Our pipettors (of this design) lack the roughened grip surface shown on these, but instead have a finger moldied grip. Even the BioExpress catalogue which showed up in my mail box this morning has no pipettors as ‘Berettaish’ as these.

  19. 19

    So that’s where my P20 went!

  20. 20

    Very bad taste!
    I already get a perception on this website sometimes that people perceive animals as just some sort of means to an end, something to sacrifice, chop, and in the greater good in the name of “science”.

    I have read and followed this site for sometime, and I have held my breath for some of the outrageous justifications for a certain callousness toward our fellow animals. I remember especially when PZ spent a page justifying a procedure involving cutting the eyes of cats open while they are awake (I especially wanted to break my keyboard after that one). I held my breath
    because I thought that advancing the cause of atheism, feminism, and other progressive ideas was the greater good. But I can’t be still anymore.

    Perceiving an animal as being made up of the instruments that will be slicing and chopping them is just ridiculous. Especially since my reading about the experiments he did over the summer makes me
    question exactly what scientific “good” PZ was trying to accomplish in the first place. I know that the zebrafish only existed for experimental reasons, but this callousness toward another living thing is a bit
    beyond the pale (pall?).

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    mothra @#18:

    starcatherus @#20: your feelings are noted.

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    I’m just waiting for some wingnut to say it’s all drug paraphernalia.

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    David Marjanović

    So what are the chances that if a hurricane blew through a bio lab it would produce a zebrafish ?

    Thread won.

    Drosophila melanogaster

    Sophophora melanogaster.

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