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Your Environment. Your Health.

Custom Automation Improves Research in Zebrafish Lab

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The video explains the custom automation used by Tanguay’s lab and how it is improving the speed and efficiency of his toxicology research
(Photo courtesy of OSU video, “The Robot's Edge: Custom automation he)

A new video from the Oregon State University (OSU) Superfund Research Program (SRP) explains how SRP grantee Robert Tanguay, Ph.D., and members of his lab use custom automation to screen environmental chemicals.

Tanguay’s research group investigates the health effects of pesticides and other environmental chemicals using zebrafish embryos. The researchers expose the zebrafish embryos to various chemicals and look for malformations. Understanding these effects on zebrafish embryos contributes to the knowledge of the chemicals’ potential to affect human health, particularly with regard to developmental pathways.

To improve the screening of tens of thousands of chemicals, the researchers have designed robots to speed up the testing of chemicals.

“We would manually draw an embryo and place it in a well,” said Chappell Miller, a Research Assistant in Tanguay’s screening group and video contributor. “With the robots, we can do it all day.  They don’t get tired, their hands don’t cramp up, and they are pretty consistent.”

“These robots are only here at Oregon State, nowhere else, which makes them pretty special,” said Miller.

To view the video, visit the OSU YouTube Page .

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