Researchers Reveal How Electric Fish Evolved Their Shocking Skills Independently at Six Different Times

June 26, 2014 8:17 PM

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New research demonstrates that the six electric fish lineages, all of which evolved independently, used "genetic toolbox" to make an electricity-generating organ for defense, predation, navigation and communication. This photo of an electric eel is by Steven Johnson.

AUSTIN, Texas — New research demonstrates that the six electric fish lineages, all of which evolved independently, used essentially the same genes and developmental and cellular pathways to make an electricity-generating organ for defense, predation, navigation and communication.

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