Warning, high voltage: scientists solve mysteries of electric fish

June 26, 2014 9:56 PM

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Warning, high voltage: scientists solve mysteries of electric fish

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Here is some truly shocking news: Scientists have discovered the secrets behind electric fish, using genetic studies that revealed how these exotic creatures developed an organ that can unleash a wicked jolt.

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.

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