Pigments cells respond to hormones: African clawed frog
Pigments in frog skin change color in response to hormones by moving melanin grains around cells.
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Xenopus laevis (Daudin, 1802)
[African clawed frog]
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern
Habitat(s): Artificial - Aquatic, Artificial - Terrestrial, Forest, Grassland, Savanna, Shrubland, Wetlands
Some organism data provided by: ITIS: The Integrated Taxonomic Information System
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist
Application Ideas: Could be used to detect drugs, other chemicals, (but through mimicking the action of the pigments rather than harvesting melanophores or skin cells from the frogs). Non-toxic and biodegradable video screens for everything from iPods and cell phones to computers and large screen TVs. Food packaging that signals presence of microbial contamination.
Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Medical, electronics, food