Scientists Conclude Octopus DNA Is Not Of This World

By Ancient-Code
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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31 thoughts on “Scientists Conclude Octopus DNA Is Not Of This World

  • October 31, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    I think it is more like, this is the last straw to destroy everything. Does anyone here imagine that the octopus, the highly intelligent being, is treated with dignity and respect in the lab – or do you suppose the way it is examined is cutting it up into little tiny pieces and ignoring that it might feel pain, might be sentient and might be a lot smarter than the baboon cutting it up? How can life be properly examined by killing it? It can’t. What is investigated is death – and that is not the same as life. Knowledge can also be gained by viewing all life as a circle, interdependent, mutually beneficial to each other – all part of the same wheel of life. No cutting up, no cruelty, learning by observation in humility and with compassion for all living beings. In this way we MIGHT still have time to have a planet and oceans. If not, it sure is not because millions of people didn’t warn what would happen. I mean, even so called ‘energy’ technologies are primarily built on death – coal and oil are dead matter – they have been dead for aeons – what gave anyone the idea that digging up death was such a great idea? I have a suggestion: Ghouls and psychopaths thought of it. And many of these are sadistic researchers.

  • October 30, 2016 at 9:36 am

    I think ..what we are learning is that yes life on earth may have been seeded extraterrestrialally (thanks android ). Meaning the complex building blocks may have started in space thanks to the environment. These then found their way onto earth and conditions were right and the chemistry was right for the spark of life.I would say through evolution we get the rick diversity.
    This is much more likely than a alien creating us as some experiment. It’s entirely possible that life on earth is the most advanced in the universe as it may have taken 10 billion years for the pieces to fall in place.
    But then again anything is possible in an infinite universe.

  • October 29, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Precisely. It is a sensational term used to trigger clicks and in that respect it worked (and also irked a few people in the process)

  • October 29, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Read more carefully. He uses the term alien in a very specific sense.

  • October 29, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    A clearer and less sensational term would have been “unique” rather than alien. Yes in an old-fashioned use of the word you could use “alien” however that term is primarily associated with things that are not terrestrial in origin thanks to years of UFO folklore and science-fiction.

  • October 29, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    So the genetic lines between octopi and, say, mammals diverged 500 million years ago. Dinosaurs emerged only 250 million years ago. Is it any wonder that the two sets of genetics have followed widely divergent paths?

  • October 29, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    better hurry before we finish destroying all life in the ocean

  • October 29, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    I keep thinking if the octopus members get together to complain about being eaten as food in the USA they can form a political group named Octupi America. Am I the only one who kept going in that thought direction?

  • October 29, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Some of you commenters should have looked up the definition of alien. It has other meanings than ‘from another world’.

  • October 29, 2016 at 5:31 am

    Not so fast there. Octopus might come from Greek but arrived by way of Latin making octopi as legitimate a pluralization as octopuses. Neither is octopodes so neither can claim 100% etymological purity. It’s also not without precedent for English to borrow latin pluralization in order to avoid an awkward double S. We go to great lengths to avoid double s’s when making a plural possessive (the precious is Gollums’s!) at least borrowing a latin pluralization has some logic behind it and keeps people from sounding goofy.

  • October 28, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    There is no etymological basis for “octopi”.

  • August 30, 2016 at 5:39 am

    The writers view of a the study and the study itself is very interesting. I always wondered about the eyes of an octopus. It had an hypnotic quality. It seems to be reading you!

  • August 8, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    I can’t take this article seriously. Saying “a new study has found…” means nothing. Finding unique DNA doesn’t make a creature other-wordly, and the plural usage of octopus can be octopi or octopuses. The mere fact that no one bothered to re-read and edit this before “publishing” it just shows how little any discernable effort was put into this. I am fed up with websites posting click-bait bs articles like this under the guise of “science.”

  • June 22, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    The key to “octopus-dna-is-not-of-this-world” is that it will draw people who would not otherwise have any interest in octopuses, octopi and octopodes. I think it is a great grabber!

  • June 21, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Francis Crick, one of those credited with the discovery of the DNA has stated publicly in his book Life Itself the DNA was brought here, it was not produce here. It is perfectly logical to conclude the diversity of species is in large part the result of genetic engineering by all sorts of advanced civilizations the Universe abounds in involved in what I would call Project Earth. It’s not about “little Octopus spaceships”, you funny man, but about spaceships with not always little scientists at their commands.

  • June 20, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Octopodes is the proper Greek pluralization, if we want to get really deep into the nitty gritty of it.

  • June 19, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    It’s not from another world, it’s from Earth.

  • June 19, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    The use of the term ‘alien’ is misleading, it’s not from out of this world, it’s not ‘alien’ DNA, the creature comes from this planet, unless you might have seen little Octopus spaceships?! It’s just a level of complexity of the DNA coding we haven’t seen before. Nature always surprises us.

  • June 19, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    How does a scientist go from ‘we have never seen this level of complexity’ to ‘ it must be an alien? ‘. I prefer to think that The Creator of the Universe is very creative.

  • June 19, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    You guys sound so stupid arguing over semantics. You obviously missed the incredible information the writer was sharing with you. Your loss.

  • June 19, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Really? you’re discussing how to pronounce it? these twits just stated the critter is from another world and you are fixated on pronunciation?

  • June 19, 2016 at 4:55 am

    This article would be great if the author had left his grammar opinion out of it.

  • June 19, 2016 at 2:38 am

    Fascinating is the word. If octopuses passed on their knowledge to their young and learned to cooperate amongst themselves…well, the kraken wakes comes to mind.

  • June 18, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Other than that tiny detail, and the fact that the article hasn’t been read once after it’s been written. It has some bigger typing and spelling errors, but as long as the focus is on correcting people on their knowledge of plurals, it’s all good.

  • June 18, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Who cares what Merriam Webster says, the larger picture folks: ALIEN DNA! Amazing!

  • June 18, 2016 at 7:42 am

    The correct plural of Octopus is octopodes according to the Oxford english Dictionary.

  • June 18, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Sorry, but in English Octopi is not correct. Source – Oxford English dictionary. Since Octopus is a latinized version of the Greek Oktopous – Octopodes is the most correct but Octopuses is generally regarded as the most acceptable form. Not all words ending in -us can correctly be pluralized to -i or -ii. Syllabus is another that is commonly mistaken.
    Merriam-Webster is full of Americanisms that are not commonly used by English speakers outside of the USA.

  • June 17, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Actually, according to Merriam-Webster, both Octopuses and Octopi are correct plurals – as is “Octopodes”. All THREE forms have been around long enough to be accepted as correct usages, depending on location of the speaker and use of the word in question.
    Other than that annoying, tiny, nasty little detail, your article was fascinating!

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