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An octopus named Lizbeth is helping scientists study distributed intelligence in a lab in the San Juan Islands. Stephani Gordon/OPB hide caption

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What Octopus Minds May Tell Us About Aliens

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On the left is an unmodified hatchling of a longfin inshore squid (Doryteuthis pealeii). The one on the right was injected with CRISPR-Cas9 targeting a pigmentation gene before the first cell division. It has very few pigmented cells and lighter eyes. Karen Crawford hide caption

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The 1st Gene-Altered Squid Has Thrilled Biologists

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A California two-spot octopus extends a sucker-lined arm from its den. In 2015, this was the first octopus species to have its full genetic sequence published. Courtesy of Michael LaBarbera hide caption

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Why Octopuses Might Be The Next Lab Rats

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Friend or foe? A California two-spot octopus (Octopus bimaculoides) gives observers the eye at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass. Tom Kleindinst/Marine Biological Laboratory hide caption

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Octopuses Get Strangely Cuddly On The Mood Drug Ecstasy

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Inky the octopus swimming in a tank at the National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier, New Zealand, before his escape. The National Aquarium of New Zealand via AP hide caption

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Inky The Octopus's Great Escape

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NOAA says this ghostlike octopod, discovered more than 2 1/2 miles underwater near Hawaii, is almost certainly an undescribed species. Courtesy of NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Hohonu Moana 2016. hide caption

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The dark red color and looming posture of this Octopus tetricus likely signals menace to another octopus nearby, say scientists who studied 186 octopus interactions in 52 hours of underwater video. David Scheel/Current Biology hide caption

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Shifting Colors Of An Octopus May Hint At A Rich, Nasty Social Life

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A juvenile California two-spot octopus (Octopus bimaculoides). Michael LaBarbera/Nature hide caption

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Octopus Genome Offers Insights Into One Of Ocean's Cleverest Oddballs

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