Evolution of color visione

Franck Pichaud, Adriana Briscoe, Claude Desplan

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Color vision is achieved by comparing the inputs from retinal photoreceptor neurons that differ in their wavelength seansitivity. 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)622-627
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Neurobiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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