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Monday, August 17, 2015


Dear Readers:

I have mentioned a few times in past blogs that ya don't have to speculate on what an actual ALIEN would look like since we have lots of really "alien" looking things right here on good ol' Terra-firma. One of the examples I used was the OCTOPUS, since this thing is about as strange as ya can get!


It turns out the octopus might REALLY BE AN ALIEN! (Maybe their ship crashed here thousands, or even millions of years ago!!!!!)

Get a load of this!

Not to send you into a meltdown or anything, but octopuses are basically ‘aliens’ – according to scientists.
Researchers have found a new map of the octopus genetic code that is so strange that it might actually be an “alien”.
California two-spot octopusThe first whole cephalopod genome sequence shows a striking level of complexity with 33,000 protein-coding genes identified – much more than in a human.
Not only that, the octopus DNA is highly rearranged – like cards shuffled and reshuffled in a pack – containing numerous so-called “jumping genes” that can leap around the genome.
California two-spot octopus“The octopus appears to be utterly different from all other animals, even other molluscs, with its eight prehensile arms, its large brain and its clever problem-solving abilities,” said US researcher Dr Clifton Ragsdale, from the University of Chicago.  "The late British zoologist Martin Wells said the octopus is an alien. In this sense, then, our paper describes the first sequenced genome from an alien.”
The scientists sequenced the genome of the California two-spot octopus in a study published in the journal Nature. 
Octopus bimaculoidesThey discovered unique genetic traits that are likely to have played a key role in the evolution of characteristics such as the complex nervous system and adaptive camouflage.
Analysis of 12 different tissues revealed hundreds of octopus-specific genes found in no other animal, many of them highly active in structures such as the brain, skin and suckers.
The scientists estimate that the two-spot octopus genome contains 2.7 billion base pairs – the chemical units of DNA – with long stretches of repeated sequences.
California two-spot octopusAnd although the genome is slightly smaller than a human’s, it is packed with more genes.
Reshuffling was a key characteristic of the creature’s genetic make-up. In most species, cohorts of certain genes tend to be close together on the double-helix DNA molecule.
A gene is a region of DNA that contains the coded instructions for making a protein.
In the octopus, however, there are no such groupings of genes with related functions. For instance, Hox genes – which control body plan development – cluster together in almost all animals but are scattered throughout the octopus genome.
It was as if the octopus genome had been “put into a blender and mixed”, said co-author Caroline Albertin, also from the University of Chicago. 

A juvenile California two-spot octopus.