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FUN WITH WATCHERS TECH—Scientists Genetically Modify Beetles To Grow Fully Functioning Third Eyes

The concept of a “third eye” is usually associated with perception beyond the physical world, but in a new scientific case, it provides insight into evolutionary development. Researchers have intentionally genetically modified a common beetle to develop a third functional eye, right in the middle of its forehead. It builds on previous research in which they caused a beetle to The team then conducted multiple tests to confirm that the new eye had the same cell types, genes, nerve connections and behavioural responses as a normal eye. “This study experimentally disrupts the function of a single, major gene. And, in response to this disruption, the remainder of head development reorganizes itself to produce a highly complex trait in a new place: a compound eye in the middle of the head,” Moczek said. “Moreover, the darn thing actually works!” (READ MORE)


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