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Researchers Find Way To Reverse Evolution Of Cave Fish Blindness

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August 3, 2000
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University Of Maryland, College Park
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The old cliche "the blind leads the blind" may no longer apply to a population of cave fish. Eye parts lost during the past million years of evolution were restored in just a matter of days after a lens transplant from a sighted surface-dwelling fish of the same species (Astyanax mexicanus), according to a University of Maryland biology research report featured in the July 28 issue of Science.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The old cliche "the blind leads the blind" may no longer apply to a population of cave fish. Eye parts lost during the past million years of evolution were restored in just a matter of days after a lens transplant from a sighted surface-dwelling fish of the same species (Astyanax mexicanus), according to a University of Maryland biology research report featured in the July 28 issue of Science.


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University Of Maryland, College Park. (2000, August 3). Researchers Find Way To Reverse Evolution Of Cave Fish Blindness. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 18, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/07/000728082041.htm
University Of Maryland, College Park. "Researchers Find Way To Reverse Evolution Of Cave Fish Blindness." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/07/000728082041.htm (accessed April 18, 2014).

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