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    Dobermans replaced by zebra fish

    Palo Alto Daily News: Researchers discover insomnia in zebra fish

    Scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine studying the mysteries of sleep have discovered a new model for their research - and it's swimming around their laboratory.

    Emmanuel Mignot, the Stanford scientist who discovered the cause of narcolepsy first in dogs and later in humans, has successfully shown that common zebra fish can develop insomnia. The finding paves the way for future study of humans, who have many of the same sleep-producing chemicals, he said Monday.
    That should speed up research. They can squeeze quite a number of zebra fish into the space formerly taken by a narcoleptic Doberman.
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    Do zebra fish have eyelids?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
    Do zebra fish have eyelids?
    Doubt it. I think I heard that their tails do droop when they sleep, though, so the researchers were cued.

    Then when the 6 volts didn't make them jump, they were certainly asleep.
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    That explains it then. Zebra fish suffer from insomnia because they don't have eyelids.

    Next case!

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    I've raised fish for decades, even at the professional level. There are a lot of ways to tell when they are asleep. Frogs don't have eyelids either. You can tell when they sleep by their eyes though.
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    I was being facetious.

    In rare form, as usual.

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    Was attacked by zebra fish whilst snorkeling in the Bahamas. Tip, don't wear anything shiny when snorkeling.

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