Understanding the Skin Intelligence of an Octopus, Cuttlefish, and Squid

Whenever we experience a flare-up with eczema, we know our skin is signaling to us that something is wrong.

I often post articles on eczema/atopic dermatitis that I find very useful and informative. However, after watching this TED talk about cephalopods, I thought it would be good to understand the invertebrates skin.

There were a few features I found fascinating about their skin. The biggest feature is how their organs can adapt to their surroundings to blend in. This camouflage feature is extremely remarkable and is neurally controlled.

Scientist Roger Hanlon explains how there might be the possibility of an evolutionary pathway to create intelligence on Earth, through AI.

What caught my attention the most about this TED talk is his knowledge of proteins in both humans and animals such as the cephalopods.

There’s a lot of talk about the filaggrin protein that’s missing in eczema patients. This protein is what protects and seals the skin barrier and should be transferred over in the genetic mutation process. Unfortunately for those with skin conditions, this part often goes awry.

For human genetics, the process is – genomes & DNA –> which is then transcripted to RNA –> this becomes translated into a protein –> And human life forms

For cephalopods, the genetic process is – big genomes & DNA –> this then transcripts into RNA –> they edit this RNA into extremely high rates of proteins that form the nervous system.

In simpler terms, cephalopods have smart skin that morphs into their surroundings. Scientists want to understand this process and apply it to our environment and utilize it in different ways such as material fabrics.

Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180227111654.htm

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