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Old 02-23-2010, 03:31 PM   #1
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Sea slug surprise: Itís half-plant, half-animal
Scientists aren't yet sure how animals actually appropriate genes they need
By Clara Moskowitz
updated 1:50 p.m. CT, Tues., Jan. 12, 2010

Sea slug surprise: It’s half-plant, half-animal - LiveScience- msnbc.com
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A green sea slug appears to be part animal, part plant. It's the first critter discovered to produce the plant pigment chlorophyll.

The sneaky slugs seem to have stolen the genes that enable this skill from algae that they've eaten. With their contraband genes, the slugs can carry out photosynthesis...
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Old 02-23-2010, 07:19 PM   #2
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I've eaten sea slugs at a Korean restaurant. Kind if glutenous? Like the jiggly clear areas found in a good beef roast.
Eating algae causes them to gain energy from the photosynthesis they are now able to do. I wonder if they can transfer some of that energy to us humans? Maybe something worth looking further into...
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Cool!!! Solar powered sea slugs!!!
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I had to poke around for more info on this solar powered sea slug... Sea Slugs Generating Green Energy "It turns out that this is not a case of symbiosis: this is a case of the amazing and ubiquitous power of viruses to dramatically reshape the genetic landscape."
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