Human Magneto Sensitivity

Turns out human's might have magnetic sensing ability just like other animals. Steven Reppert, MD, the Higgins Family Professor of Neuroscience and chair and professor of neurobiology, grad student Lauren Foley, and Robert Gegear, PhD, a post doctoral fellow in the Reppert lab now an assistant professor of biology and biotechnology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute took the human cryptochrome 2 protein (hCRY2) and placed it in drosophilia flies by making a making a transgenic model that lacked their native cryptochrome protein and included the hCRY2. The modified drosophilia were able to sense & respond to generated magnetic fields.

So as humans we either have a dormant magnetoreception ability or a developing one. Fun stuff!