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monty

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cool and congrats! That sounds like it'll be of great interest to the gut-contents specialists among us!
 

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This is truly EXCELLENT stuff! Adam, congrats and thanks for sharing! (I'm catching up with George tomorrow; he's in the country now).

"Following a change in diet, the fatty acid profile of the cuttlefish digestive gland reflected that of the new diet within 14 days. The results confirm that the fatty acid profile of the cuttlefish digestive gland clearly reflects the profile of its recent diet. It also shows that the digestive gland may not be an organ that accumulates dietary lipids for long-term storage, but rather is an organ where lipids are rapidly being turned over and potentially excreted."
 

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Steve O'Shea;111475 said:
This is truly EXCELLENT stuff! Adam, congrats and thanks for sharing! (I'm catching up with George tomorrow; he's in the country now).

"Following a change in diet, the fatty acid profile of the cuttlefish digestive gland reflected that of the new diet within 14 days. The results confirm that the fatty acid profile of the cuttlefish digestive gland clearly reflects the profile of its recent diet. It also shows that the digestive gland may not be an organ that accumulates dietary lipids for long-term storage, but rather is an organ where lipids are rapidly being turned over and potentially excreted."

Thanks Adam, good stuff!

Interesting stuff. I often wondered about the function of the digestive gland. If indeed it was storage for lipids etc then one would expect to see it shrinking in non feeding periods (assuming the storage was there to be used) which I did not see in the albeit small number of mature N. sloanii I had. Hmmmm food for thought there.

Say Hi to George from me when you see him!

J
 

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Steve's empty stomached whales bring up a question for biology neophyte. Is there something similar to the digestive gland in mammals?
 

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