Scientists at Work: The Big Idea Between a Small Fish and Heart Disease

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Scientists at Work: The Big Idea Between a Small Fish and Heart Disease

Stat: 48% of U.S. adults have cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association.

Story: What do zebrafish have to do with human health? As it turns out, they can help researchers understand how and why heart disease happens. We spoke to Pew biomedical scholar (2002) Steven Farber at the Carnegie Institution for Science to learn more about his work, which is revealing new strategies to combat heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

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Surrounded by 80,000 zebrafish at the Carnegie Institution for Science, researcher Steven Farber shows host Dan LeDuc how his lab uses the fish to help produce new treatments for heart disease.
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Cardiovascular Diseases Affect Nearly Half of American Adults, Statistics Show 

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Each minute, 260 gallons of water are pumped through these small aquariums in Steven Farber’s lab to support more than 80,000 zebrafish that are studied by his team of researchers to reveal more about cardiovascular disease.
Carnegie Institution for Science

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