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National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Models of Eel Cells Suggest Electrifying Possibilities

Caption: Electric eel anatomy: The first detail shows stacks of electrocytes, cells linked in series (to build up voltage) and parallel (to build up current). Second detail shows an individual cell with ion channels and pumps penetratimng the membrance, The Yale/NIST model represents the behavior of several such cells. Final detail shows an individual ion channel, one of the building blocks of the model.

Credit: Daniel Zukowski, Yale University

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