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New imaging approach unveils a bigger picture

Pamela in the lab and the final image of the octopus arm

As intelligent problem-solvers and devious escape artists with the ability to change colour, skin texture and shape, octopuses have captured the minds of researchers for good reason. Hydrostats make up the octopus’ most well-known feature, its eight arms. These muscular structures lack skeletal support, which provides octopuses with a high degree of flexibility that is visible in their ability to explore and manipulate small objects.

Octopuses use their arms extensively, resulting in a high risk of potential damage. To combat such damages, these complex structures can fully heal and functionally regenerate. Technical limitations, however, mean the underlying cellular and biological machinery remain unclear.

For Pamela Imperadore from the Association for Cephalopod Research in Naples, Italy, the Travelling Fellowship was her ticket to tackle this problem.

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