Research on the color vision of deep-sea fish featured on the cover of Science
Six scientists connected to CEES co-authored the research article, and the publication is now attracting world-wide attention
Researchers at CEES at UiO, along with colleagues in Switzerland and Australia, among other countries, shine a light on the vision of 101 fish species, using genomes as a starting point. Most of the species had only one light-sensitive protein in their rods – just like vertebrates. However, 13 of the deep-sea fish had several genes and corresponding light-sensitive proteins in addition, a fact that was previously unknown. Since the rod opsin light-sensitive proteins adsorb light at a number of different wavelengths the authors propose that deep sea fishes see a kind of different colors in the dark.
Six researchers connected to CEES are behind the discovery: postdocs Michael Matschiner, Martin Malmstrøm and Ole K. Tørresen, researcher Sissel Jentoft, professor Kjetill S. Jakobsen, and professor II Walter Salzburger.
The research has attracted an impressive amount of attention world-wide. It has been picked up by over 100 new outlets, including The New York Times, Forbes, Discover Magazine, Der Spiegel, The Canberra Times, The Indian Express, The Japan Times, Sveriges Radio, Los Angeles Times, NRC Handelsblad, Hareetz, Der Tagesspiegel, DailyMail, NewScientist, Science Daily, Genome Web, Newsweek, Sydney Morning Herald, The Independent and Le Monde.
The publication has currently (15 May) an Altmetric score of 1240.
The scientific publication
Musilova & Cortesi et al., Vision using multiple distinct rod opsins in deep-sea fishes. Science, Vol. 364, Issue 6440, pp. 588-592. Published 10 May 2019.
1 The interview in Titan was written by Bjarne Røsjø.
2 The interview was translated into English by Sari C. Cunningham.