I bring you CEPHALOPOD GENES!

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  1. neurobadger

    neurobadger Vampyroteuthis Registered

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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.
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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

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    Nice!
     
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