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 Anatomy   |   Biology   |   Science
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CEPHALOPOD WEEK IS HERE From June 21 to 28, celebrate our favorite undersea creatures with Science Friday. https://www.sciencefriday.com/cephalopodweek

For most people, the red irididescent sepioteuthis squid serve an single purpose as delicious calamari. But for biophysicist Alison Sweeney, these squid and their cousins possess much more potential inside their bodies than a protein-rich meal. Using a chemical analysis and x-ray reflectance testing, Sweeneys research has revealed that the reflective proteins inside these squids eyes possess unique properties. For one, they self-assemble when to form a reflective multilayered lens tissue. Additionally, they do not degrade over time.
Produced by Luke Groskin
Music by Audio Network.com
Additional Footage and Stills Provided by the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration & Research, Monterey Bay Research Institute and, Shutterstock and Alison Sweeney

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