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UMaine Today Magazine


On the Cover

September / October 2005

September / October 2005 Cover

A transgenic zebrafish embryo in the early stages of development that incorporates a naturally fluorescent protein from a jellyfish (Aequorea victoria) can show scientists where specific proteins are being expressed in cells.

For his studies of essential trace metal homeostasis, University of Maine Assistant Professor of Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Greg Mayer uses transgenic zebrafish that have incorporated a gene construct containing a green fluorescent protein that is turned on in response to heavy metals. Mayer is just one of several scientists using the UMaine zebrafish facility.

 


 

 

 

 

 

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