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Scientists find the shocking truth about electric fish
June 26, 2014
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.New research, which includes the first draft assembly of the complete genome of an electric fish--the South American electric eel--identifies the genetic factors the animals used to create an organ that can deliver a jolt several times more powerful than standard household current.Full Story
University of Wisconsin
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