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Could tetrachromats hold the key to early coronavirus detection?

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

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.