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2011-01-18 14:20:00

According to a laboratory study published on Tuesday, sharks may be unable to distinguish between colors, which could benefit swimmers, fishermen and sharks themselves. Australian researchers looked at the retinal cells of 17 shark species caught off Queensland and Western Australia. They found that the most common kind of light receptors were "rod" cells, which are highly sensitive to light and allow night vision but cannot tell colors apart. However, the sharks lacked cone cells, which...

2010-04-21 14:47:00

PHILADELPHIA -- Veterinary ophthalmology researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have used gene therapy to restore retinal cone function and day vision in two canine models of congenital achromatopsia, also called rod monochromacy or total color blindness. Achromatopsia is a rare autosomal recessive disorder with an estimated prevalence in human beings of about 1 in 30,000 to 50,000. It primarily affects the function of the cone photoreceptors in the retina and serves as a...


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  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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