Octopus DNA Like Nothing Else on Earth
Recent DNA tests to map out the genetic code of the octopus found it to be so different to other animals that scientists suggested it could actually be extraterrestrial.
It’s the first genome sequencing ever conducted on a cephalopod and it showed remarkable complexity with some 33,000 protein-coding genes identified – more than is found in a human.
Researchers also found that octopus DNA is highly rearranged, like a shuffled deck of cards. Their genetic code contains a number of “jumping genes” that leap around the genome.
But before we jump to any conclusions, it should be mentioned that life on earth is so massively diverse it could certainly throw out these seemingly alien genetic differences, and as the cells contain mitochondria (which they do) then it probably would be of this planet.
Is exciting to think though, as we look to the skies, that alien life could already be here in our oceans (or on our dinner plates!).
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