Octopi to genome scientists, we’re really just average Earthlings!
Undersea and under siege from science, octopi are up in arms – all 8 of them! – to deny new DNA science about their alien origins.
“We’re really just average earthlings like the rest of you,” insists Dr. C. Thulu, exhalted emperor of the UAUF (Undersea Aliens United Front). “Just a little more complex.”
But researchers from the University of Chicago who found a new map of the octopus genetic code insist it is so strange that it may be alien in origin. Their DNA sequence of the first whole cephalopod genome sequence shows that octopi are more complex than other earthlings, including humans.
Not only that but the octopus DNA is highly rearranged – like cards shuffled and reshuffled in a pack – containing numerous so-called “jumping genes” that can leap around the genome.
“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,” said US researcher Dr Clifton Ragsdale, from the University of Chicago.
“Our paper describes the first sequenced genome from an alien.”
Now the meralien octopi are fighting back.
“So we’re smarter than the rest of you, more adaptable and we have a few more arms than average, does that make us so strange?” says Dr. Thulu. “What next, Earthlings? Make us build a wall?”
“Go ahead. I dare you. We’ve already started one.”