With several other laboratories, we are examining the suitability of a common aquarium pet, the cherry shrimp, as a model for gene manipulation studies. This organism can be easily maintained in a laboratory environment, is capable of breeding most of the year, and can go through a complete life cycle in a relatively short period of time. We have demonstrated that it can regenerate limbs over a molt cycle in a laboratory setting. We will be testing the suitability for fertilized egg/embryo microinjection and gene editing, and are looking at genetic similarity/polymorphisms between different stocks sold in the U.S.
Developing eggs removed from female