Natures wonders: Slug uses algae to make its food (Introduction)

by David Turell @, Friday, February 06, 2015, 01:47 (1750 days ago) @ David Turell

The slug eats plants and the algae chriomosomes in the slug make food for it up to nine months:

"The authors present the first direct evidence that the emerald green sea slug's chromosomes have some genes that come from the algae it eats.

"These genes help sustain photosynthetic processes inside the slug that provide it with all the food it needs.

"Importantly, this is one of the only known examples of functional gene transfer from one multicellular species to another."

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