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Disadvantages of using the chick to study development

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Disadvantages of using the chick to study development

Postby TOPCATQUEEN » Mon May 17, 2010 12:15 pm

Disadvantages of using the chick to study development?
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Re: Disadvantages of using the chick to study development

Postby jonmoulton » Mon May 17, 2010 3:54 pm

Here are a few. Compared to zebrafish, a chick embryo has:
a longer generation time, making classic genetics tedious;
a more opaque embryo;
a larger mass, making treatment with gene knockdown reagents more expensive;
that pesky shell, making direct observation from any angle difficult;
more demand for space if you are raising mutant colonies.
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