Vertebrate Model Organisms in Genetic Research


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Which of the following would NOT be considered in choosing a model organism?

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1. Besides having similarity with human embryo, why is the zebrafish embryo a good model organism for studying early development?

2. Which of the following statements about zebrafish is FALSE?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Gauge your knowledge of genetic research of vertebrate model organisms with this quiz/worksheet. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding what is considered when choosing a model organism as well as knowing which feature of the zebrafish embryo make it a good model organism for studying early development.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Factors in choosing a good model organism
  • Why the zebrafish embryo make a good model organism
  • Model organism costing more than a zebrafish
  • Why mice make for popular models
  • Which model would be best to study obesity

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding why mice make for popular models and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the factors in choosing a good model organism
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related model organism lesson

Additional Learning

Learn more about vertebrate organisms by reviewing the corresponding lesson on Vertebrate Model Organisms in Genetic Research. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand what a model organism is
  • Identify the two most common types of model organisms
  • Describe why they make for good model organisms in research
  • Explain how model organisms assist in our scientific knowledge
  • Appreciate how disease can be combated using model organisms