Refinement in fish studies

In an important refinement, scientists in the UK have found a less invasive method to collect DNA from fish species.

The team at the University of Leicester and Nottingham Trent University, UK, compared skin swabbing as a method to collect DNA from sticklebacks and zebrafish, with the more usual fin clipping method.

The findings, published in Scientific Reports, show that skin swabbing provided a less invasive method than fin clipping – which although it is a simple procedure can harm the fish.

The work was funded by the UK National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs).

Recent Posts

See All

Copyright © 2019 European Animal Research Association, All rights reserved.

European Animal Research Association 

London Office

3.04 LABS Atrium, The Stables Market, Chalk Farm Rd

London NW1 8AH
Tel: +44 (0)20 3355 3095

Brussels Office
52 Rue Marie de Bourgogne, 1st Floor
1000 Brussels,


  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn Social Icon
  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
  • LinkedIn Social Icon