Cephalopod Studies for Human Wellbeing

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Squid ink and its pharmacological activities
Jismi Jose, Krishnakumar K, Dineshkumar B

Abstract With the development of technical instruments the isolation and characterization of many natural products from marine and freshwater organisms, promotes a major advancement of discovery of these aquatic derived compounds. Due to the increasing demand of medicines from natural products, many researches on marine products are going on and is still a undiscovered journey. One such product is squid ink obtained from squid fish which is present in Mediterranean and Atlantic Ocean. It is mainly contained of melanin and many degradation studies have proven and still for the research work. The squid ink has spectacular activities in many ailments like uterine dysfunction, anticancer activity, antimicrobial activity, anti-inflammatory activity along with hypertensive effects. It has a very special place in homeopathic medicine and in traditional Chinese medicine due to its therapeutic uses. Hence it is believed that the squid ink can be used as a better tool against these dysfunctions. The present review aims to assemble various pharmacological activities of squid ink although deeper insight in its pharmacological potential is required.
 

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Quantitative Measurements of Octopus vulgaris Arms for Bioinspired Soft Robotics
Barbara Mazzolai, Laura Margheri, Cecilia Laschi 2019 (subscription)

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Bioinspiration is a popular trend in robotics research. Bioinspired design needs a deep knowledge of the selected biological model in order to extract the key features relevant to the design of the robot system. The octopus is an ideal model for soft robotics and has served as inspiration for the development of octopus-like robots and robot arms. The muscular hydrostat that composes the octopus arms is one of the key principles to imitate from the octopus, as well as the arm suckers. An engineering analysis and measurements is required, especially to understand the dimensions of deformations, the stiffness variability, the forces applied, the working principles of reaching and adhesion. We developed methods for measuring the octopus arm in vivo and we measured elongation and shortening, pulling force, stiffening, and morphology, quantitatively. The resulting data were used to create novel design principles and specifications used in developing new soft robots.
 

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