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Blind Fish Inspires Research at Kansas City's Stowers Institute

Nicolas Rohner shows off some of the Mexican cavefish he's using to research metabolism issues (Photo credit: Alex Smith, KCUR)

It’s blind, albino and binge eats like crazy, but the Mexican cavefish is becoming a gold mine for science researchers. For decades, most scientific research has been done using a handful of species, including mice, fruit flies and zebrafish. But the Mexican cavefish is one of a number of unusual organisms that have inspired new directions for research. Heartland Health Monitor's Alex Smith explains. 

Heartland Health Monitor is a collaborative venture with multiple news organizations, including KPR and KCUR, reporting on health issues. For more information, visit the HHM webpage.  

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