23 Jul '11, 1pm

Electric Frog Face: There are always oddities and strange patterns. For the first time, Tufts University biolog...

Electric Frog Face: There are always oddities and strange patterns. For the first time, Tufts University biolog...

There are always oddities and strange patterns. For the first time, Tufts University biologists have reported that bioelectrical signals are necessary for normal head and facial formation in an organism and have captured that process in a time-lapse video that reveals never-before-seen patterns of visible bioelectrical signals outlining where eyes, nose, mouth, and other features will appear in an embryonic tadpole. The Tufts biologists found that, before the face of a tadpole develops, bioelectrical signals (ion flux) cause groups of cells to form patterns marked by different membrane voltage and pH levels. When stained with a reporter dye, hyperpolarized (negatively charged) areas shine brightly, while other areas appear darker, creating an electric face.

Full article: http://www.enn.com/enn_original_news/article/42977

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