Masato Yoshizawa

Masato Yoshizawa

University of Hawaii at Manoa

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Published on Jun 14, 2017

Behavioral setup in the lab

We have the setup to test the adhesion behavior (cavefish are attracted to a vibrating object at 30-40 Hz and stick with it, similar to autism patients who adhere to a particular stimulus and/or ob...

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Published on Jun 13, 2017

Cavefish facility

We house over 2,000 surface fish and cavefish, and we routinely let them spawn every other week. A pair of our fish (Astyanax mexicanus) generate ~300 embryos/ spawning, which is the one of the the...

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Published on Jun 12, 2017

Lab setup

We have our own RNAase free bench and shared qPCR machine sitting nearby our bench... Currently intensively used for qPCR.

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Published on Jun 10, 2017

Blog about autism research

I started a blog and will provide update for this project as well as others.http://www.acavefinfan.com/Also, this research was in the newshttp://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/06/antisocial-cave-fish...

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Published on Jun 10, 2017

ASD-T (autism sepctrum disorder-team)

Nicolas Cetraro (Postbac, left): was my student of the class, Developmental Biology (2015), and has a strong interest in sustainable (less-side effect) medicine. He has an excellent skill in molecu...

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Published on Jun 10, 2017

The latest movie for social behavior

This movie shows that the ground childrens from surface fish mother and cavefish father (F2 hybrids) recover the shoaling ability. Shoaling is categolized as a social behavior and cavefish had lost...

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sorry for my late answer. Yes, you're right!
Jun 14, 2017
Evolution of Autism-like Behaviors in cavefish: an emerging discovery platform for Autism treatments
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sorry for late reply. I was working with lab members... You are right that the adhesion to the object your friend shows is a part of autistic symptom, though differs from OCD. In general, autistic patients show a difficulty to balance attentions--pay attention to particular stimulus/object and stick to it but are not interested in somethings even it is essential for the life. As you mention, cavefish show strong adhesion to the vibrating object (VAB) and stick to it. We believe this is one of the similarity to autistic patient.
Jun 14, 2017
Evolution of Autism-like Behaviors in cavefish: an emerging discovery platform for Autism treatments
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Please ask any of questions!
Jun 10, 2017
Evolution of Autism-like Behaviors in cavefish: an emerging discovery platform for Autism treatments
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