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Seemingly misplaced DNA acts as lenses

Nocturnal mammals orient nucleic material in retinal cells to focus light

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12:01pm, April 16, 2009

Mice and cats don’t usually agree, but both animals have the same bright idea about night vision. Cats, rats, mice and other nocturnal mammals arrange DNA in some eye cells to form miniature lenses that help focus light, a new study shows.

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