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Wildlife on Tap Lecture Series: Cephalopod DNA, a Tour of the Fantastically Weird Octopus Genome
Octopuses are fantastically weird animals: they have flexible, sucker-lined arms, three hearts, blue blood, and skin that can change color and texture in the blink of an eye. They also have the largest invertebrate nervous systems, and complex camera-type eyes to rival our own. To better understand how octopuses and their cephalopod cousins, the squid and the cuttlefish, make these amazing and strange bodies, we can dive into their DNA, looking for the genes that may be responsible for different features. Dr. Carrie Albertin will take us on a tour of the octopus genome, highlighting some exciting genes that are new to science, and others that show us that the octopus is similar to us in unexpected ways.

Dr. Carrie Albertin joined the Marine Biological Laboratory in 2018 as an Early Career Hibbitt fellow, where she is studying cephalopod development and evolution at a molecular and cellular level, with the goal of establishing cephalopods as a compelling model system for comparative evolutionary and developmental research.

Event Dates
MA Audubon Member $10, Non-member Adult $13

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Cape Cod Beer, 1336 Phinney's Lane, Hyannis, MA (view map)

Contact Information
Pre-registration is required. For more information call 508-362-7475 or visit website: https://www.massaudubon .org/program-catalog/long- pasture/71398-wildlife-on- tap-lecture-series- cephalopod-dna-a-tour-of- the-fantastically-weird- octopus-genome

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