Capable of delivering 860 volts, these eels are shocking both literally and figuratively. Researchers have encountered the phenomenon of “electroporation” in nature, where electric eels use their powers to create temporary pores in the cell membranes of nearby organisms. This allows the transfer of genetic material, turning fish larvae into unwitting DNA recipients.

Associate Professor Atsuo Iida, who is part of the research team, believes this unexpected genetic change in the wild could revolutionize our understanding of living organisms.

Source: Ferra

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