NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A new genomic analysis suggests the elephant shark, which belongs to a group representing the oldest living jawed vertebrates, can see in color.

Researchers from Singapore and the UK searched the elephant shark genome photoreceptor genes, identifying three functional cone genes and one rod gene. Their results, published in this month's issue of Genome Research, suggest elephant shark color vision genes are functional but short wavelength shifted.

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