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Sequencing electric eel genome unlocks shocking secrets


June 26, 2014

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For the first time, the genome of the electric eel has been sequenced. This discovery has revealed the secret of how fish with electric organs have evolved six times in the history of life to produce electricity outside of their bodies. Full Story

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