Genetic Mutation Gives Woman Ability to See Millions More Colors

Painter's pallette (creative)Concetta Antico is a tetrachromat, meaning she can see an estimated 100 million colors while the average person sees approximately one million. “The difference lies in Antico’s cones, structures in the eyes that are calibrated to absorb particular wavelengths of light and transmit them to the brain,” Popular Science explains. A typical person has three cones, but a tetrachromat has four. “You might see dark green but I’ll see violet, turquoise, blue. It’s like a mosaic of color,” Antico tells the magazine.

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