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Science  12 Oct 2007:
Vol. 318, Issue 5848, pp. 196
DOI: 10.1126/science.1146084

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Jacobs et al. (Reports, 23 March 2007, p. 1723) reported that plasticity in the mammalian visual system permitted the emergence of “a new dimension of sensory experience” in mice genetically engineered to express a human long-wavelength–sensitive cone photopigment. However, neither neural plasticity nor a new dimension of sensory experience is required to explain their results.

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