A Squid’s Switchable Cells Offer Key to Camouflage

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Daniel Morse, professor of molecular genetics and biochemistry in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and doctoral student Daniel DeMartini, have discovered that the female market squid possesses a pair of rainbow iridescent stripes. These flank a single stripe, which can go from complete transparency to bright white, mimicking the male testis, and possibly allow the female to masquerade as a male to discourage multiple matings.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013