Deja vu…years ago, we I was a wee young grad student and the only labs doing work on zebrafish were at the University of Oregon, we used to have to do this annoying thing everyone called the “zebrafish litany” at our talks. Because they were relatively unknown, we had this short explanation for why we were working on zebrafish: rapidlydevelopingtransparentvertebrateembryos. And later we added “genetics” and “transgenics” and “medicalapplications” to the boilerplate. As the mob of zebrafish acolytes grew, I swear you could hear the squishy sounds of eyeballs rolling every time we started our introductions.
Well, the laugh is on them. Now everybody gets to read the zebrafish litany, and we’re taking over the known universe.
(The article might have missed some older references in the scientific literature, though: there was a taxonomic revision in 1993, changing the scientific name from Brachydanio rerio to just plain Danio rerio. Also, there were a significant number of papers prior to its use as a developmental model — it was used a fair bit in environmental toxicity studies.)