IHB Joins Hubei Science and Technology Week 2021
Researchers from the China Zebrafish Resource Center (CZRC) display over 100 living zebrafish at the exhibition stand. (Credit: IHB)
This year’s science and technology week of Hubei was launched on May 22, with the theme of reviewing the past 100 years’ S&T development.
Volunteers from the Institute of Hydrobiology (IHB) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences participated in the whole week’s activities.
Over 100 living zebrafish were on display at the exhibition stand.
As a model organism, zebrafish plays an extremely important role in promoting the development of life science. 70 per cent of protein-coding human genes are related to genes found in the zebrafish, and 82 percent of genes known to be associated with human disease have a zebrafish counterpart.
It is of great significance to use zebrafish as a model organism to conduct pathological studies on human diseases, build disease models, and use these models to conduct high-throughput drug screening.
IHB volunteers also prepared a bunch of interesting quizzes for kids and teenagers to test their knowledge of science facts.
The launching ceremony was joined by 56 universities, institutes and enterprises, exhibiting a collection of events in field of life science, natural resources, food safety, digital science, among others.
During the whole week, IHB opened the State Key Laboratory of Freshwater Ecology and Biotechnology, the National Aquatic Biological Resource Center, the Museum of Hydrobiological Sciences.
In the meantime, the live streaming of the Museum of Hydrobiological Sciences and Baiji Dolphinarium provided a good opportunity for the pubic to acknowledge the efforts of IHB researchers in protecting the endangered Yangtze finless porpoises and biodiversity of the Yangtze.