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Octogenes

With its eight grasping arms, camouflage-like skin, and large, doughnut-shaped brain, the octopus’ unique physical traits have intrigued scientists for centuries–the late British zoologist Martin Wells dubbed the sea-dwelling creature an alien. Now the predatory mollusk, which is thought to be one of the most intelligent invertebrates, with elaborate problem-solving and learning behaviors, has beat out squid, cuttlefish, and nautiluses in becoming the first cephalopod to have its entire genome sequenced.

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