Automated Feeding and Restricted Diet Can Lead to Longer Lifespans in Male African Killifish

Yukta Kulkarni ’22 When performing biological research regarding health and disease, it is often not possible to have humans as primary test subjects. Thus, other animals are used for research purposes as they model human developments, have a smaller lifespan, and allow for more efficient research. For example, the African turquoise killifish is a type of fish used for research since it has a lifespan … Continue reading Automated Feeding and Restricted Diet Can Lead to Longer Lifespans in Male African Killifish

Environment Dependent Dietary Adjustment by Invasive Aquatic Species

Fatin Chowdhury ‘20 Recently, researchers at three Brazilian universities examined patterns of feeding behavior displayed by the Knodus moenkhausii fish invasive to Brazil. The researchers described a two-fold hypothesis. Firstly, the species is expected to be non-specialist and opportunistic, feeding on whatever food source is most readily accessible. Secondly, resource abundance affects the nature of the trophic niche it resides in. Accordingly, flexibility in diet … Continue reading Environment Dependent Dietary Adjustment by Invasive Aquatic Species

The Effects of Fish Consumption on Sleep and Cognition in Children

By Meenu Johnkutty ’21 Eating fish might be more beneficial than originally thought. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania recently published a study outlining the benefits of fish consumption on sleep quality and cognition in children. The study was originally published in Scientific Reports, a branch of Nature, with Jianghong Liu as the lead author. Long chains of omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and … Continue reading The Effects of Fish Consumption on Sleep and Cognition in Children