Learn to use Zebrafish Information Network, or ZFIN, a collection of data, tools, and resources on the zebrafish (Danio rerio), a popular model organism for developmental biology and genetics research. ZFIN integrates genes, gene expression data, mutant genotypes, transgenic strains, and sequence analysis tools with links to additional genomic, educational, and community resources. ZFIN is an essential resource that serves as the zebrafish model organism database and provides a centralized web-based interface and community resource for the laboratory use of zebrafish.

You will learn:

  • to perform effective searches and understand the displays
  • to access advanced searches enabling multifaceted queries
  • to use the various databases of genes and markers, expression data, mutant genotype/phenotype details, ontologies, and more
  • to investigate the many related resources associated with ZFIN


This tutorial is a part of the tutorial group Model organisms. You might find the other tutorials in the group interesting:

TAIR: The Arabidopsis Information Resource

Saccharomyces Genome Database (SGD): Saccharomyces Genome Database

PhenomicDB: Phenotypes database

WormBase: Molecular and genetic information on Caenorhabditis elegans and related species

FlyBase: A resource for the genes, genome and molecular biology of Drosophila melanogaster and related species.

Mouse Genome Informatics (MGI): The Mouse Genome Informatics resource provides data, tools, and analyses for the mouse model organism.

Rat Genome Database (RGD): Rat Genome Database

Gramene: A resource on rice and other grass genomes


Genome Databases (euk) : Genomic databases or repositories primarily aimed at eukaryotic organisms. Some may contain prokaryotic data as well.


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