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'Smart' cephalopods trade off genome evolution for prolific RNA editing


April 6, 2017

California two-spot octopus Octopus, squid and cuttlefish are famous for engaging in complex behavior, from unlocking an aquarium tank and escaping to instantaneous skin camouflage to hide from predators. A new study suggests their evolutionary path to neural sophistication includes a novel mechanism: prolific RNA editing at the expense of evolution in their genomic DNA. Full Story

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Marine Biological Laboratory

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