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The genome of an elusive giant
January 16, 2020

Today, GigaScience published a report on the genome of a truly unique species: the giant squid Architeuthis dux. The elusive animal is the main character in ancient stories about sea monsters and it is known as “the kraken” in many legends. For a long time its mere existence was questionable, until, in 1857, the Danish naturalist Japetus Steenstrup made the link between those legends and the enormous cephalopod. Now an international team led by researchers at the University of Copenhagen has dragged the mysterious monster into the genomic age.
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