Scientists conclude Octopus DNA is not from 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.



31 thoughts on “Scientists conclude Octopus DNA is not from THIS world

  1. Since the Ocean was the cauldron of life on Earth from which we originated, it stands to reason it would be home to the answers of our origins upon this ecosystem.

  2. I don’t think it’s really fair to assume cephalopods have an alien genome just because it is more complex than that of humans.
    Most plants share these same two characteristics of complex and malleable genetic structure. This has evolved in plants so that they can quickly adapt to environmental changes in spite of their inability to move. That’s a theory in any case. I would wonder if there is some parallel in the reasoning for why similar qualities have evolved in the cephalopod genome.

    1. Well, they’re using “alien” as an adjective meaning foreign or unknown, not a noun as in “an alien from outer space”. But, that said, scientists have long hypothesized that organic matter first arrived on Earth by way of a meteorite or comet. I’m speculating…but perhaps cephalopod DNA is on a completely different evolutionary chain from our own? That would be a pretty exciting discovery.

  3. bad misuse of a tittle; concluding that they are alien is a lie, you maybe lead to believe it but just because someone mentions that they believe it is alien doesn’t mean it has been concluded to be alien DNA. You must believe plants and many other organisms are alien as well then considering they harbor many more genes than homosapien spp.

    26,000 genes

    27,000 genes

    the shear fact that gene splicing occurs makes the amount of genes irrelevant, its what is functional that matters. Viral injection of code and the errors they make also play a part, as well as many other topics.

    1. Seems to me it’s more likely a proper use of the word “alien” and everyone else misinterpreting its meaning.

  4. It makes perfect sense, life began at the sea there is millions of traces of evidence for this. but what people forget is like all planets, solar systems and galaxies are all created through being bombarded with each other to form. The moon and earth had once smashed into each other like other moons orbiting other planets. So with the thousands of asteroids and meteoroids that have hit the earth, they could have easily carried traces of other alien DNA that helped form life here on this planet.

  5. “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.”
    “The scientific report mainly concluded that Octopuses share ‘Alien’ genes.”

    IN THAT SENSE? MAINLY? The article never says that octopuses’ DNA is alien DNA. They just say “in a sense”. To say that “it mainly concludes” they share alien genes is very irresponsible. The fact that most people don’t have access to the full paper means you can handle information as conveniently as you wish for the sake of your post.

    What does the paper actually say?
    “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”

    I don’t see any text that “mainly” concludes they share alien DNA

    1. Technically, but since we rarely use Greek endings in English, it is completely correct to use the English plural. In any official documentary or paper on the animal, you’ll hear/see octopuses, rarely octopodes.

  6. English fail. ‘Alien’ doesn’t mean ‘space alien’. We have ‘illegal aliens’, that is not meant to imply they are from space. ‘Alien’ is also simply a word for ‘strange’. It just means that Octopuses are very strange and unlike other creatures.
    Dumb dummies being dumb.

    1. Which is exactly why the article is misleading. You know damn well that the author wants readers to think they’re talking about space aliens; that’s exactly why they said “not from this world” in the title. What you mentioned in your comment is exactly what everyone is complaining about, so I’m not sure why you’re calling people dumb. The author is at fault for intentionally trying to lead people to misinterpret the meaning.

  7. The octopus has a short life span and the the female dies after spawning and the hatching of the eggs.Perhaps the large gene count is more to do with the species having enjoyed a longer history than all land animals,including Homo Sapiens.Alien or just different better and longer developed? I don’t think speculation and using a word like alien is the wisest thing to do,coming from a wise ape!Perhaps it is the land animals that are the aliens!

  8. incoherent rubbish… written by a bored school kid pulling random big words out of the dictionary. wish it was funny but i pity anyone who believes they understand what they’re reading!

  9. There’s nothing in the paper published in the journal Science to suggest that cephalopods, specifically octopii, are extraterrestrial.

    1. That’s just the bullshit clickbait headline. The article says nothing about extraterrestrial.

  10. Alien genes and how exactly did they determine this? Just because it is more complex and can change doesn’t equate to alien genes. This article is nothing more than wishful thinking.

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