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The color of blood: Pigment helps stage symbiosis in squid
May 15, 2014
New research indicates that the nocturnal bobtail squid uses the blood pigment hemocyanin to help it recruit and sustain a luminescent bacterium that enables the small creature to mimic moonlight on the surface of the ocean and, in the fashion of a Klingon cloaking device, deceive barracuda and other fish that would happily make a meal of it.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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