The Japanese Medaka fish (Oryzias latipes): A model for human bone disorders - and skeletal deformities in aquaculture
Abstract: Small aquarium fish species, such as the zebrafish (Danio rerio) and the Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes) have become popular models for skeletal research to understand the control of bone homeostasis and mechanisms underlying human bone disorders. In my talk, I will present two projects where we took advantage of the genetics of medaka to identify a novel blood marker that reliably predicts the risk for osteoporotic bone fractures in men, and a novel cellular mechanism causing skeletal deformities in a rare human chondrodysplasia. Finally, I will introduce a recently launched aquaculture initiative in Singapore that aims to develop science-based solutions to improve food security. I will elaborate how our lab’s skeletal research will contribute to enhanced productivity in aquaculture hatcheries and nurseries.
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