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Research Collaborators Encounter Mystery

Zebrafish

High School biology students in Valders, Wis. are raising zebrafish (Danio rerio) as part of a research project being conducted by students at the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc. During second semester, the high schoolers will extract chemical compounds from plants to be tested on the fish or other organisms, the Herald Times reports.

The intent of the grant-funded project is to recruit and retain students in STEM majors — science, technology, engineering and math by involving them in real-world science.

But there’s a problem: According to science teacher Dolores Holl, “The fish are dying.” University students visited a biology class to help figure out why. Zebrafish are simple vertebrates that are used in genetic studies and research on new medicines.

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