Sometimes we don’t need to look far out across the galaxy to find something alien. All you need to do is map out an octopus genome and that’s exactly what scientists have been working on lately. So far the first genome has been mapped out in what’s called the Octopus Genome Project, one of many sequences that will eventually reveal the cephalopod’s DNA structure. What they’ve found is astounding and incredibly foreign to our current understanding of DNA that it seems “alien” to us. But what does this all mean? Well for instance, we’ve learned that an octopus has 33,000 genes, (around 10,000 more than humans) some of which are similar to the ones that make up the human brain, hence why they’re so smart. Further investigation into this creature’s DNA may reveal how an octopus is capable of manipulating it’s skin in order to camouflage with the surrounding environment. If we unlocked this secret, imagine what could be done with clothes or vehicles. It may sound like some far-fetched science-fiction novel, however it’s likely that this genome project could lead to camouflage clothing. You can find more information on this study in the links below!