Bizarre sea slug is half plant, half animal

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PLANIMAL!
Scientists discover chlorophyll-producing sea slug that can carry out photosynthesis using genes swiped from plants.
Crustacean biologist Gary Martin of Occidental College in Los Angeles sums it up in one word: “Bizarre”.
www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/bizarre-sea-slug-is-half-plant-half-animal-0


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    Queensly

    Well Crustacean biologist Gary Martin obviously was the best person to ask for a quote.

    Pwnerade

    Well, there are plants that eat, so why not?

    Korinthian

    Awesome animant.

    elzarcothepale

    You guys are missing the point.
    We now have the genes required to make a Bulbasaur.

    draikyn

    nice one 😀

    draikyn

    oh god where do I start… planimal? A plant/animal orginism isn’t new. Heard of fungi? Plant cellular structure with animal-type energy production. The reverse of what we see here – animal cellular structure with plant energy production. “E. chlorotica turn sunlight into energy — something only plants can do” — yeah, only plants and cyanobacteria, green filamentous bacteria, ciliates, flagellates and some proteobacteria (all domains at equal rank to ‘plants’ in modern taxonomy). “However, the baby slugs can’t carry out photosynthesis until they’ve stolen their own chloroplasts” – oh, OK, so they actually can’t produce energy from light on their… Read more »