It has since evolved into an advanced aquatic animal facility with laboratories supporting four core research areas: signal transduction and endocrine disruption, metals toxicology and neurotoxicology, the use of zebrafish as a model organism for developmental toxicology, and behavioral toxicology. Additionally, the MFSBC supports a pilot project program, which offers researchers an opportunity to explore the utility of aquatic models in environmental health research and to further develop methods that are already in use.
But if you don't know that you actually have an organismic effect, then the rest of it may or may not be significant." Defining this organismic effect is the mission of the center's recently created behavioral toxicology core.
Daniel Weber, an assistant scientist at the MFBSC, says the foundation for the behavioral toxicology core was laid about 15 years ago.
Use of behavioral toxicology methods led to a collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the U.S.