New Thawing Technique Assisting Zebrafish Researchers

Engineering

A technique for thawing cryopreserved tissues developed by MSI PI John Bischof (Mechanical Engineering) and other researchers (see MSI News from March 2017: Breakthrough in Tissue Preservation) is being extended to zebrafish embryos. Zebrafish are a popular experimental animal. However, although their embryos can be cryopreserved, researchers have been unable to thaw them without damage. This new interdisciplinary research, published earlier this month in ACS Nano, describes a method of warming zebrafish embryos that doesn’t destroy their ability to develop. The article can be found on the journal website: Gold Nanorod Induced Warming of Embryos From the Cryogenic State Enhances Viability.

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Professor Bischof uses MSI for continuing research into the use of iron oxide and gold nanoparticles to enhance thermal therapies.