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I bring you CEPHALOPOD GENES!

neurobadger

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I bring you a big database of cephalopod genes.

http://www.uniprot.org/taxonomy/6605

EDIT: So maybe I should talk more about them.

You'll notice that a lot of them look curiously like genes from vertebrates and other phyla - for example, alcohol dehydrogenase and complexin. Even cephalotocin and octopressin are cephalopod analogs of oxytocin and vasopressin.

There are a few interesting genes, though. The s-crystallins form cephalopod lenses (which are made out of hard protein; I've handled a Humboldt squid eye and the lens feels like a marble because it's made of crystallized protein), and cephalotoxin is, of course, one of the various types of venom octopuses produce.
 

DWhatley

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How timely, Mother just bought me a pair for Xmas for altering with an octo pocket patch :tomato:
 

tonmo

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