Cephalopods can readily change the way they use DNA: study

Cephalopods can readily change the way they use DNA: study

Cephalopods like octopuses, cuttlefish and nautiluses can readily change the way they use their DNA, a new study by an international team of researchers revealed.

Researchers from Israel’s Tel Aviv University and Woods Hole, Massachusetts-based Marine Biological Laboratory studied cephalopods and found that their stunning abilities might originate at the molecular level. Rather than making use of their genetic code as a blueprint to create the proteins they require to survive, they use it more like guidelines.

Cephalopods have long been mysterious creatures for marine biologists, but the latest study might help solve many mysteries as it revealed that these creatures’ striking abilities might originate at the molecular level.

Neurobiologist Clifton Ragsdale, of the University of Chicago, said, “This may explain why they’re such good problem solvers.”

Marine biologist Joshua Rosenthal from the Marine Biological Lab said they wanted to see which environmental variables influence the RNA editing process.

In short, the new study has proved that cephalopods are some of the most adaptable creatures on Earth.

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