A Hawaiian bobtail squid (Euprymna scolopes) rests on a reflective surface
Reshuffled Genomes May Explain Cephalopods’ Smarts
In two related studies, researchers describe huge chromosomal rearrangements and about 500 novel gene clusters in the octopus, squid, and cuttlefish genomes, which they say could help explain how they evolved their extraordinary brains.
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Reshuffled Genomes May Explain Cephalopods’ Smarts
Reshuffled Genomes May Explain Cephalopods’ Smarts

In two related studies, researchers describe huge chromosomal rearrangements and about 500 novel gene clusters in the octopus, squid, and cuttlefish genomes, which they say could help explain how they evolved their extraordinary brains.

In two related studies, researchers describe huge chromosomal rearrangements and about 500 novel gene clusters in the octopus, squid, and cuttlefish genomes, which they say could help explain how they evolved their extraordinary brains.

ABOVE: TOM KLEINDINST

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