Earthquake in Japan may bring a death sentence to lab animals

03/23/2011 | Nature News

Scientists at Japan's university laboratories anticipate a slow recovery for research projects after the recent earthquake, which destroyed lab facilities and may have condemned some animal subjects to deaths because of a lack of water, including the geckos, Xenopus frogs and zebrafish that Tohoku University researcher Koji Tamura uses to study organ development. "Without water, I am worried how long our animals can survive," he says. "But I cannot think about research at a time when many suffering people need water to live."

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