A Squid Sheds Light On Evolution With Bacteria | The Hawaiian squid has served as a Model Organism for studying symbiosis for over 30 years ~ helpBIOTECH

10 January 2019

A Squid Sheds Light On Evolution With Bacteria | The Hawaiian squid has served as a Model Organism for studying symbiosis for over 30 years


In a new study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an international team of researchers, led by UConn associate professor of molecular and cell biology Spencer Nyholm, sequenced the genome of this little squid to identify unique evolutionary footprints in symbiotic organs, yielding clues about how organs that house bacteria are especially suited for this partnership.
The first squid genome was sequenced by Nyholm, along with Jamie Foster of the University of Florida, Oleg Simakov of the University of Vienna, and Mahdi Belcaid of the University of Hawaii. The team found several surprises, for instance, that the Hawaiian bobtail squid’s genome is 1.5 times the size of the human genome.

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