Scientists find emerald sea slug steals genes from algae for self-photosynthesis

February 5, 2015 3:23 PM

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Scientists find emerald sea slug steals genes from algae for self-photosynthesis

The secret of the emerald sea slug on how it mysteriously photosynthesizes after ingesting algae is out: the slug actually steals genes that enable it to photosynthesis from the algae it consumes.

Published in The Biological Bulletin, Sidney Pierce of the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida with his associates was able to get the secret of the emerald sea slug, Elysia chlorotica, by using an advanced imaging technology that helped them to spot the stolen gene ...

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