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Publication Detail
Evolution of color vision.
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Journal Article
  • Authors:
    Pichaud F, Briscoe A, Desplan C
  • Publication date:
    10/1999
  • Pagination:
    622, 627
  • Journal:
    Curr Opin Neurobiol
  • Volume:
    9
  • Issue:
    5
  • Status:
    Published
  • Country:
    England
  • Print ISSN:
    0959-4388
  • PII:
    S0959-4388(99)00014-8
  • Language:
    eng
  • Keywords:
    Animals, Biological Evolution, Color Perception, Humans, Insecta, Phylogeny, Retina, Rod Opsins, Vertebrates, Vision, Ocular
Abstract
Color vision is achieved by comparing the inputs from retinal photoreceptor neurons that differ in their wavelength sensitivity. Recent studies have elucidated the distribution and phylogeny of opsins, the family of light-sensitive molecules involved in this process. Interesting new findings suggest that animals have evolved a strategy to achieve specific sensitivity through the mutually exclusive expression of different opsin genes in photoreceptors.
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