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Live Fast, Die Young: Grass Fellow Explores Octopus’s Death Spiral


 

You can listen to Wang as a guest on Science Friday along with MBL Hibbitt Fellow Carrie Albertin.

To find out more about octopus death, check out the following articles:

Wells, M. J., & Wells, J. (1969). Pituitary Analogue in the Octopus. Nature, 222(5190), 293–294. https://doi.org/10.1038/222293a0 

Wodinsky, J. (1977). Hormonal inhibition of feeding and death in octopus: Control by optic gland secretion. Science (New York, N.Y.), 198(4320), 948–951. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.198.4320.948 

Wang, Z. Y., & Ragsdale, C. W. (2018). Multiple optic gland signaling pathways implicated in octopus maternal behaviors and death. Journal of Experimental Biology, 221(19), jeb185751. https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.185751 

Wang, Z. Y., Pergande, M. R., Ragsdale, C. W., & Cologna, S. M. (2022). Steroid hormones of the octopus self-destruct system. Current Biology, 32(11), 2572-2579.e4. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2022.04.043



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