Sea slug has taken genes from algae it eats, allowing it to photosynthesize like a plant

“How a brilliant-green sea slug manages to live for months at a time “feeding” on sunlight, like a plant, is clarified in a recent study published in The Biological Bulletin.

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. Researchers have discovered that the slugs can survive as long as nine months without eating.”

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