Sequencing electric eel genome reveals ‘shocking’ secrets

June 27, 2014 11:39 AM

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Sequencing electric eel genome reveals ‘shocking’ secrets

Electric eel bodies contain electric organs with some 6,000 specialized cells called electrocytes that store power like tiny batteries.

According to a report from Michigan State University, researchers have for the first time sequenced the genome of the electric eel. This discovery exposed the mechanisms behind how fishes with electric organs have evolved six times over the course of their existence to generate electricity from out...

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