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Study: Electric Eels Can Facilitate DNA Transformation

Credit to StudyFinds for finding this Japanese study by S. Sakaki et al titled “Electric organ discharge from electric eel facilitates DNA transformation into teleost larvae in laboratory conditions” published on 4 December 2023.

In short, they found that electric eels can release sufficient electrical energy to alter the genes of zebrafish larvae via electroporation.

To set up the system, we arranged a test tank with electrodes and a computer. The electric eel was fed a goldfish to elicit the [electric organ discharge] EOD, and high-voltage pulses were exposed to the zebrafish embryo in an electroporation cuvette field with a DNA solution at close range.

Figure 1: EOD exposure from electric eel to zebrafish larvae.
Figure 1: EOD exposure from electric eel to zebrafish larvae.

It found, amongst other things, that over 5% of the larvae had their genes altered.

…88% of the samples survived until 1 day after the manipulation, even in the EOD+/DNA+ condition. … In total, 5.3% of the survived EOD+/DNA+ larvae exhibited GFP-positive cells.

According to Assistant Professor Atsuo Iida, one of the paper’s authors: “This indicates that the discharge from the electric eel promoted gene transfer to the cells, even though eels have different shapes of pulse and unstable voltage compared to machines usually used in electroporation. Electric eels and other organisms that generate electricity could affect genetic modification in nature.”

To those who think that power lines, 5G and maybe graphene in the so-called vaccines damaging our genes are just “conspiracy theory”, it may be wise to reconsider. I am, of course, not suggesting the mechanisms are the same, just that electrical or electromagnetic fields can, for better or for worse, impact cells. That’s just commonsense.

Electroporation is not exactly new. Two years ago, it was reported that a pen-sized electroporator was being developed to perhaps one day deliver vaccines.

This may remind Trek fans of the hypospray. That’s nice, except I personally wouldn’t trust anyone given the way things are. If something goes wrong, would you trust the bioneural computer on Voyager to fix you? And yes, that’s a thing now, apparently. Remember, Voyager was practically run by a Borg.


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