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Findings About The Electric Eel Shock Evolutionary Biologists

The electric eel is not really an eel. It’s a kind of electric fish. According to a study published in the journal Science, there are six different groups of electric fish that have, over a period of millions of years, evolved organs that generate electricity. Just to let you know, every muscle cell in living beings has the electrical potential. But muscle cells in these groups of fish have evolved into electrolytes, which produce dramatically high voltages that than ordinary muscle cells.

Findings About The Electric Eel Shock Evolutionary Biologists

Electric eel can emit 600 volts of shock

Evolutionary biologists wanted to figure out exactly what makes them produce electricity. Scientists analyzed genes of the electric eel and other electric fish from different families. They found that the genetic blueprint of all the electricity producing fish had the same set of 30 genes. The same genetic tools have helped build electric organs in the species of different groups independently, said Jason Gallant, electric fish scientist at Michigan State University.

Electric fish illuminate their environments to detect objects, and produce electric signals to communicate with one another. The electric eel almost always produces low-voltage signals to sense its environment. But they have the ability to produce high voltage deadly shocks to stun or kill prey in order to defend themselves. It can emit the electric shock of more than 600 volts, five times higher than the power of a standard wall socket. Human deaths have also occurred due to electric eel shocks.

A 6-foot electric eel is actually a 6-inch fish

Michael Sussman, director of biotechnology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, has been shocked by electric eels a couple of feet in size. He says it’s like putting your finger into an electric socket. A 6-foot long electric eel is actually a 6-inch fish. The remaining 5-1/2-foot is cattle prod, says Sussman. Its intestine, stomach, and all other stuff is situated close to its head. The remaining 5-1/2-foot is a full-blown electric organ. Its cells have every necessary feature to pump out high voltage electricity without shocking the fish.

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  • David Keller

    What did he do wrong? He never paid enough taxes according to the IRS. They lied surely.

  • Carlos Long

    You were doing so well until you suggested that science and religion are not in conflict. It is not a surprise that ancient scientists were religions because religion was virtually the law of the land in those era’s and there was a great deal of the unknown for “god” to dwell in the gaps of lack of understanding.
    Empirical science is the pursuit of the truth through a rigorous process. Religion is acceptance of “truths” that have no foundation in research.
    There is no compatibility in the questions being asked and the methodology for answering the questions.

  • Carlos Long

    Nice job of schooling these folks who know nothing about the laws of thermodynamics. All of these references to entropy are attempts by religion to negate evolution. Unfortunately, they don’t understand how thermodynamics work.
    A good test would be to ask them what are the 1st and 3rd laws of thermodynamics.

  • Carlos Long

    Dude! Check yourself! “God” as not killed anyone because we have no evidence that “god” exists.
    Man has killed children and has attributed it to the teachings of “god” but in reality it was bronze age desert dwellers who wrote your book of dogma the Old Testament.

  • Carlos Long

    Okay! Where is your evidence in the historic record of a great flood that enveloped the planet up to a level of the great mountains?
    You said that it existed, where is your proof? You have no proof because it never happened. Throughout the history of mankind, there have been hundreds of religions accounts of great floods in virtually every society that had proximity to lakes, seas and oceans.
    We have no evidence of “:god” in science and we have no evidence of Jesus when he was supposed to have lived.

  • Carlos Long

    “God” did not kill anybody because “god” does not exist. The Old Testament has passages that condone slavery, genocide, sacrifice of your children and the subjugation of you wife.
    This is the “good book” that the “god” worshipers subscribe to.

  • Carlos Long

    Kent Hovind is sitting in Federal Prison serving 10 years for 58 convictions. So much for his notions of “what you believe influences how you behave”!

  • Carlos Long

    You know that was a clever and witty insight!

  • Carlos Long

    In ancient times “religion” was the law of the land. Science and religion are in conflict because they are diametrically opposed in their approach and methodology.
    Empirical science is the pursuit of the truth via a process of prediction, math, experiment, observations, findings and peer review.
    By contrast, your religion has already determined the answers before the questions have even been asked. Therefore, religion attempts to nullify and negate facts that are contrary to it’s preconceived precepts.

  • Carlos Long

    Actually entropy is a thermodynamic characteristic of a closed system and is the a measure of the a closed systems unavailability of thermal energy for work. It is a measure of the number of ways that a closed system can be arranged.
    With this definition in mind, animal species are not “closed systems” as they relate to n environment, eat, drink water and so forth.

  • Carlos Long

    Science does not pursue the question of “why” as this implies intent and purpose for the universe. The universe has shown no evidence of intent or purpose and is random, isotropic, homogenous and relatively uniform at large scales.

  • Carlos Long

    There is no evidence of “god” in the science research in the history of mankind. Are we to “believe” in the myth of “god” just because “you said so”?
    Many people in this country no longer subscribe to the rhetoric and dogma of “god” worship.

  • David Keller

    God only killed evil children. The Bible says the “love” of money is the root of all evil. Not money itself. You are right in that “christians” don’t read their Bible. You don’t sound like you’ve read it either. If christians understood the Bible they would worship on saturday and would keep the Ten commandments which they deny because they when Jesus died they don’t have to keep the commandments anymore. They are wrong.

  • j w

    “Since a finite universe is an isolated system, the Second Law of Thermodynamics states that its total entropy is constantly increasing.”
    Besides, even the Big Bang theory doesn’t contradict religious explanations of origin. In fact, it was a Catholic Priest that developed the concept.
    I am not arguing for a specific religion, only pointing out that science and religion aren’t really in conflict.
    We know that the evolution of dogs involved intelligent intervention. We have photographic evidence of drastic changes to the English Bull Dog over the past 100 years.

  • http://www.youtube.com/grimcity Nealio

    The solar system isn’t closed and isolated. It’s pelted with cosmic rays, gasses, particles, comets, meteors, and all sorts of neat things.

    After the sun sheds most of what makes it the sun (post red giant), what’s left of the solar system will lose heat as will the rest of the universe.

    Again, 2nd law has nothing to do with allele frequencies changing on this planet.

  • j w

    Where do you think the Asian fascination with dragons began?

  • j w

    The “rich” comment may be true but that doesn’t mean a great flood or sinful city have never existed. The argument as to what is a Christian is a much greater debate but few would say that it means to be exactly like Christ. Many would agree Christians should believe in forgiveness, loving their neighbor, but lusting for their neighbors spouse. These believes or any of Christ’s other teaching don’t contradict science.

  • j w

    As is with most scientific laws; we can view our solar system as closed and isolated. In such a system evolution and life in general would not exist without Work input from outside the system.
    What and where do you suggest is the source of this Work?

  • mclarksn9

    God killed many children in the bible btw if you believe the Noah myth and Sodom & Gomorrah myth. The Bible mentions being anti rich more than anything especially in the new testament yet there are tons of wealthy “Christians”. I bet less than 10% of “Christians” world wide have read the entire bible

  • http://www.youtube.com/grimcity Nealio

    The 2nd law of thermodynamics has nothing to do with open, non isolated systems.

  • j w

    Actually it was religion that developed “modern scientific methods”. The idea that religion and science are always in conflict is relatively new (19th century) and was disproven decades ago.

  • j w

    That is because we no proof “why” anything happens. We have a very limited understand of “how” some things happen. We do know that entropy requires all things to dissolve into chaos which isn’t supported by multiple species developing the same tools.

  • David Keller

    They were created by God 6000 years ago. Watch Kent Hovinds movies.

  • grasspress

    don’t be silly daniel. you’re enjoying all the benefits of modern science and the scientific method while burying your head in the sand and mocking it.

  • mclarksn9

    there 0 proof of any god of any religion. I repeat. there is 0 proof of any god of any religion

  • grasspress

    so, how do they ‘trigger’ the electric shock? is it triggered just by ‘touching’ an eel? does it recharge immediately after the first shock? does the power ‘wear off’ after several immediate shocks or can it continue to produce the voltage time and time again without having to ‘recharge’? and do they produce this ‘shock’ when they bump into each other? sounds pretty interesting

  • j w

    You seem to be confusing science and theology. In loose terms, the former is the study of “how” and the latter of “why”. Just because someone asks one question doesn’t make the other irrelevant or even magic.

  • j w

    “The same genetic tools have helped build electric organs in the species of different groups independently”. Sounds similar to the evolution of the automobile. Now it would be interesting to hear how the same evolution of different species fits with the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics.

  • mclarksn9

    I bet if you have a heart attack or stroke you will believe in science then. Magic fairy tales in the 21st century is a sad sight indeed

  • chaoszen

    It always tickles me when the anti-science crowd chimes in. I love to see people make fools of themselves.

  • Chapter C Cavanaugh

    Yes! Let’s not question the great all seers of the past and move forward with damning the scientists!

  • Jeremy Henderson

    Last I checked, eels were fish.

  • easygenius

    Ugh this site is horrible.

  • Kimberly

    I love evolution and all of it’s crazyness, electtric fish/eels are another great animal.

  • Daniel Polar

    They didn’t evolve anything, God made them that way.
    Let’s move on.

  • qqqqqq

    Something is fishy about this story.

  • Aaron King

    aaargh! please slap yourself for me!

  • Carlos Long

    “Shocking” revelations!