Changes in Bioelectric Signals Trigger Formation of New Organs

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 18:00 in Biology & Nature

For the first time, biologists have altered natural bioelectrical signals among cells to directly specify the type of new organ to be created at a particular location within a vertebrate organism. Using genetic manipulation of membrane voltage in Xenopus (frog) embryos, Tufts University scientists were able to cause tadpoles to grow eyes outside of the head area.

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