Shocking! Scientists Unravel Mysteries of Electric Eel

June 26, 2014 9:44 PM

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Shocking! Scientists Unravel Mysteries of Electric Eel

Researchers on Thursday unveiled a genetic blueprint of the electric eel — a fearsome denizen of South America that can zap you with an electric field of up to 600 volts — as well as detailed genetic data on two other types of electric fish.

Even though six groups of electric fish have evolved independently in far-flung locales like the muddy waters of the Amazon and murky marine environments, they all seem to have reached into the same "genetic toolbox" to fashion their electricity-generating organ, they said. The new study found that ...

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