Scientists conclude Octopus DNA is out of this world

A new study has led researchers to conclude that Octopuses (NOT Octopi) have Alien DNA. Their genome shows a never-before-seen level of complexity with a staggering 33,000 protein-coding genes identified, more than in a human being.


The oceans of our planet hide countless mysteries that could perhaps help answer numerous mysteries of life itself. During the last couple of decades, marine biologists have made small but steady progress towards a deeper understanding of nature and life.

A group of researchers decided to do some science and chose the cephalopods in order to try and break down their DNA code, hoping to understand them better.

The octopus, squid, and cuttlefish are integrated into the coleoid sub-class of the molluscs. They have an evolutionary history that goes back over 500 million years, a period long before plants moved onto land. These creatures inhabit nearly every single ocean at almost any depth.

They are mainly characterized by a vast range of incredible morphological wrinkles: camera-like eyes, really flexible bodies, and ‘sophisticated’ chameleonic response. All of this is ruled by the larger nervous system found among invertebrates, which makes these beings the rulers of the oceans.

They possess highly developed brains and are considered as the most intelligent invertebrate demonstrating elaborate problem-solving behaviours. And ss if it wasn’t freaky enough for octopuses to open up jam jars, scientists have just concluded that these aquatic creatures are even more mysterious.

Thanks to the first-ever full genome sequence, researchers have found that octopuses (NOT Octopi) are in fact entirely different from any other animals on our planet. Their genome shows a never-before-seen level of complexity with a staggering 33,000 protein-coding genes identified, more than in a human being.

US researcher Dr. Clifton Ragsdale, from the University of Chicago, said: The octopus appears to be utterly different from all other animals, even other molluscs, with its eight prehensile arms, its large brain, and its clever problem-solving abilities.

“The late British zoologist Martin Wells said the octopus is an alien. In this sense, then, our paper describes the first sequenced genome from an alien.”

One of the mains reasons why researchers decided to investigate the molecular basis of cephalopod brain, was its ability to adapt instantly its neural network properties which result in a great impact in memory and learning capacity. These specific capabilities offer an explanation within the genome that incorporates biological mechanisms that allow tissues to rapidly change proteins in order to alter their function.

According to researchers from the University of Chicago, the octopus genome is enriched in transposons, commonly referred to as “jumping genes,” which can rearrange themselves on the genome. Even though their role in octopuses is unclear, researchers found elevated transposon expression in neural tissues. Transposons are known to have the ability to affect the regulation of gene expression and are believed to play major roles in shaping genome structure. (Source)

“With a few notable exceptions, the octopus basically has a typical invertebrate genome that’s just been completely rearranged, like it’s been put into a blender and mixed,” said Caroline Albertin, co-lead author and graduate student in Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago. “This leads to genes being placed in new genomic environments with different regulatory elements, and was an entirely unexpected finding.” (Source)

Octopuses have an alien genetic baggage. The scientific report mainly concluded that Octopuses share ‘Alien’ genes.This has been a ground shaking claim in the scientific community which caused an upheaval among marine biologists who seemed to be shocked and intrigued at the same time.

It turns out that apparently, we’ve had under our nose a link to humanity’s mysteries, and many of life’s greatest enigmas can be solved if we only decide to pay more attention to our ocean and everything inside of it.

The findings are published in the Journal Nature.

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  1. According to Wikipedia and other grammatical sources “Octopi” (Latin form) or “Octopodes” (Greek form) are actually accepted plurals of Octopus so long as you don’t insist these forms are more correct than “Octopuses” which they are not.

  2. It takes an astonishing level of hubris and intellectual dysfunction to conclude that a thing found on this world is not of this world. Given that the vast majority of biomass on this planet lives under a mile of water or dirt and has no awareness that there is even a star in the heavens, perhaps it is the puny creature on the surface that carries “alien” DNA.

    1. Your mother now carries my alien DNA after I ejaculated it all over her pretty little face!

      1. Oh, okay, really? Aside from the fact that no, you didn’t: no, she wouldn’t, since simply having ejaculate on one’s face does not a carrier of new DNA make. And, most importantly, you now owe a groveling apology to mmercier0291 and his or her mother for being a ridiculous idiot.

        1. That was an astonishingly civilized response to an unhinged troll. Good for you, Banana Waffles.

        2. My god I just love a response from an intelligent being to another being sharing 100% of the same “pattern” of DNA because it is a mystery to me that logic and intelligence can possibly be so vastly different between two representatives within a species. Mister Smith,I wouldn’t go to Washington.. When banana_waffles put you in your place, I believe it was a place where idiots of your caliber may no longer mingle with the human race.If not, I suggest you go to that place. Sorry, banana_waffles. I don’t agree with your generous interpretation of this idiot. Mr. Smith, thanks for maintaining your place while showing the rest of us how intellectually similar we are to Stephen Hawking. It took me 12 days to stumble on to this conversation and Mr.Smith only 1 sentence to learn his value within it.

    2. Assuming that the original writings use the word “alien” at all, it’s probably talking about “alien to the cephalopod” – not “alien to earth” – i.e. intact bits of viral or invasive bacteria DNA.

  3. “We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.”

    ― H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu

  4. I am Farfnir the Stabby: Emperor of Mars! Bow down and also quit sending robots to my planet, we don’t want your space junk.

      1. Fine, we will use this technology to build a race of superior cybernetic Martian super-men and we will rule the galaxy!

  5. so what? humans are not too intelligent anyway. they only destroy themselves and their planet, taking down all other living creatures with them …

  6. Um. It’s octopii, not octopuses. The reason your spell check couldn’t find octopi is because you are uneducated and can’t spell, there is more than one i at the end. I also bet you say fishes (a verb) in place of fish, the plural noun. Most plurals of nouns ending in ‘us’ or ‘os’ are pluralized by metamorphosising into ‘ii’. Examples include octopii and rhinocerii. Now that you’ve proven a failure to master the English language and even tried to correct the rest of us based on your epic fail of a spell check, I don’t believe we could ever expect you to understand a subject as complex as biology. Please exit the Internet now before you become contagious and create more idiots. Exits can be found at the fore, middle, and rear of the Internet. As this has been deemed an academic emergency, slides have been deployed to hasten your exit and protect the public from misinformation.

    1. ‘The standard plural in English of octopus is octopuses. However, the word octopus comes from Greek and the Greek plural form octopodes is still occasionally used. The plural form octopi, formed according to rules for some Latin plurals, is incorrect.’

      Bryan, best head back to English class, whilst you are there ask them to teach you about humility and fallaciousness.

  7. Uh, I read the abstract of the original findings in Nature which the article links to at the end and…. there’s nothing about aliens in it. This is what they concluded: “We identified hundreds of cephalopod-specific genes, many of which showed elevated expression levels in such specialized structures as the skin, the suckers and the nervous system. Finally, we found evidence for large-scale genomic rearrangements that are closely associated with transposable element expansions. Our analysis suggests that substantial expansion of a handful of gene families, along with extensive remodelling of genome linkage and repetitive content, played a critical role in the evolution of cephalopod morphological innovations, including their large and complex nervous systems.”

    1. If there’s anything “alien” in that DNA, it’s intact segments of viral DNA or invasive bacterial DNA – “alien” to cephalopod, not earth.

  8. The author knows “octopi” is incorrect, so the part about them being aliens is probably legit science.

  9. And in sushi (Taco) they taste pretty good! Too bad they can’t talk, being all that complex and such.

    1. So you consider the ability to speak with words the be all and end all of intelligence on this planet?

  10. Actually, this is simply more evidence against evolution and in favor of creation.

    1. Only if you have absolutely no understanding of evolution and microbiology. If you do, on the other hand, this isn’t unreasonable.

      1. How do microbiology and evolution support this? What are your credentials to think you actually understand either?

  11. Let’s see…… these are the same guys who insist that the pyramids were built by aliens and are constantly reporting, new but hidden discoveries of the ark. Yup, those are the very clowns !

  12. Isn’t the word ‘alien’ being used in the context of ‘we’ve never seen DNA like this, it is ‘alien to us’ by scientists and the writer of this article has over emphasised that and twisted their words claiming they mean ‘alien’ as in alien from another planet… the octopus ? evolved here I can assure you it’s DNA was not placed here. I think words are being twisted…

  13. An Alien itself is strong word and wrong word to use. Many people thought Alien itself came from outer space or something. Silly word to use.

    Anyway, it is very beautiful creature and amazing in the name of God and his son created like that. Awesome.

  14. Lies and Fake news. Octopuses have the same DNA bases (A,T,G,C) as all other plants and animals have. They do show the magnificence and power of Darwinian evolution, however.

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  16. Advanced creature, but more complex than humans in only one single way:exists
    Humans: ALIENS

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