Friday, December 9, 2011

Manipulating the Location of a Tadpole's Eye

Xenopus tadpole after manipulation of its membrane voltage.
Using genetic manipulation of membrane voltage in Xenopus (frog) embryos, biologists at Tufts University's School of Arts and Sciences were able to cause tadpoles to grow eyes outside of the head area. The researchers achieved most surprising results when they manipulated membrane voltage of cells in the tadpole's back and tail, well outside of where the eyes could normally form.Read more.

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