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The master genes that sculpt tentacles and legs alike

Two Pharaoh cuttlefish fighting

The limbs on these duelling pharaoh cuttlefish (Sepia pharaonis) formed with guidance from genes that also direct limb development in vertebrates. Credit: Steve De Neef/VW Pics/Universal Images Group/Getty

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Nature 570, 278 (2019)




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