Could tetrachromats hold the key to early coronavirus detection?

Maureen Seaberg
The Startup
Published in
7 min readFeb 13, 2020

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By Maureen Seaberg

New tetrachromacy functionality testing is to color vision what the Rosetta Stone was to language. Illustration by Ozgun Evren Erturk.

“It was a Rosetta Stone moment; I felt like we had broken the code.”

The recent correspondence from Kristopher Jake Patten, Ph.D., an affable and brilliant scientist studying the senses at Arizona State University, was epic. I realized I may be witnessing scientific history.

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Maureen Seaberg
The Startup

Coauthor of Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel (HMH). Published in the New York Times, National Geographic, Psychology Today.