UPR graduate student and faculty publish paper in Science on temperature adaptation in octopus
Top: Summer in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Bottom: Carlos Rosario Beach, Culebra Island, Puerto Rico. Right: Octopus vulgaris in Puerto Rico.
Graduate student Sandra Garret and Professor Joshua Rosenthal have recently published a paper in the renowned journal Science explaining how octopuses have adapted to a wide range of environments, from warm Puerto Rico to the frozen Antarctic. Ms. Garrett is a student in the University of Puerto Rico Intercampus Doctoral Program administered by the Department of Biology at UPRRP. Dr. Rosenthal is a faculty member of the Institute of Neurobiology, UPR Medical Sciences and is also a faculty member of the Environmental Sciences Graduate Program at UPRRP.
Original article as pre-published in Science Express: RNA Editing Underlies Temperature Adaptation in K+ Channels from Polar Octopuses by Sandra Garrett and Joshua J.C. Rosenthal http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2012/01/04/science.1212795
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The Economist - The value of a good editor - A hitherto-unknown way to evolve
Science Magazine News - Octopuses Rewrite Their RNA to Beat the Cold
Scientific American Blog - Octopuses Reveal First RNA Editing In Response to Environment
Live Science - How Octopi Deal With Chilly Waters
ScienceNews - Eight-legged evolution exploits editing