When this information was presented to other scientists, several noticed the similarities between the mutant spines and ancestral spines of older bony fishes. While they are no longer prominent and are now merely results of mutations, these particular spines may give insight into the evolution of the spine, not only in zebrafish, but in humans as well.
The mutant spines present similar factors that are found in children with scoliosis. Further research on this topic may bring more to light regarding the development of human spines and how they may become mutated. The evolution of a zebrafish spine may just have the answers scientists need to help humans born with spine developmental issues.
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