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Albert Stern is a healer, artist, and instructor. He practices acupuncture, visceral manipulation, and craniosacral therapy. He creates anatomical illustrations and fine art paintings. He is also an acupuncture instructor and teaches at various schools and facilities. He works with the Lotus Institute of Integrative Medicine and Peak Research Institute. 

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The Octopus is an Alien

Albert Stern

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I have long argued among friends (and only half-jokingly) that the octopus is an alien creature. An alien trapped on earth and slowly evolving into a creature of earth. 

To my great surprise, this article appeared in the Irish Examiner, Don't freak out, but scientists think octopuses 'might be aliens' after DNA study. 

This article is a follow-up to research published in the journal Nature titled, The octopus genome and the evolution of cephalopod neural and morphological novelties.

A few key points from the research: 

  • The octopus has more protein-coded genes than humans
  • The octopus genome is smaller than a human's but has more genes
  • Thre are 12 different tissues revealing hundreds of octopus-specific genes found in no other animal

 I think it is clear I was correct. The octopus is an alien.