Study of cuttlefish could lead to innovation in military camouflage

01/30/2014 | LiveScience.com

Scientists are studying how cuttlefish change their colors to blend into their environment with an eye toward developing similar camouflage for soldiers' uniforms. Harvard University and Marine Biological Laboratory researchers studied chromatophores, or pigment-containing cells, that change the cuttlefish's color and skin patterns. "[O]ur results suggest that they play a more complex role: [Chromatophores] contain luminescent protein nanostructures that enable the cuttlefish to make quick and elaborate changes in its skin pigmentation," said Harvard's Leila Deravi, the study's co-author.

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