Quantitative analysis of the mechanical environment in the embryonic heart with respect to its relationship in cardiac development
In order to understand the causes of congenital heart defects, which afflict at least 4 infants per 1,000 live births, research has implemented the use of animal models to study embryonic heart development. Zebrafish (Danio rerio) have become one of the more prominent of these animal models due to the fact that their heart morphology at the earliest stages of development is remarkably similar to humans, and because embryos lack pigmentation, rendering them transparent. This transparency allows for high-speed images of blood flow to be acquired in the developing heart so that the mechanotransductive ...
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