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Photosynthesising animal! - helen-louise
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Photosynthesising animal!
From today's innocent newsletter: Green sea slug makes chlorophyll like a plant. Apparently once the super green sea slug, Elysia chlorotica, has eaten its favorite algae, Vaucheria litorea, it never needs to eat again as long as it has access to light, water and carbon dioxide! It has acquired the genes for the chemical pathway to manufacture chlorophyll A, and these genes have shown up even in unhatched slugs that have (obviously) never eaten algae.

THIS IS AWESOME! Behold our new guru and spiritual leader!

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turkish_coffee From: turkish_coffee Date: 21st January 2010 07:09 (UTC) (Link)
Two thought here...

One: "Green sea slug makes chlorophyll like a plant." - "Well, it would be hard to make it like, say, an aluminum / aluminium can."

Two: "So, nature is one step closer to making us bow to even plant overlords. Let no shrub go unpruned! Down with Folorocracy!"

Three: I've since determined that "aluminium" is more fun to say than "aluminum", even if I mentally want to abbreviate it "Au"... Curse you Aurum! Curse you!
turkish_coffee From: turkish_coffee Date: 21st January 2010 07:09 (UTC) (Link)
Four: format fail party above.
alexmc From: alexmc Date: 21st January 2010 09:19 (UTC) (Link)
It's a plant. No, it's an animal. No, It's a plant. No...

*boom*

head explodes
artremis From: artremis Date: 21st January 2010 12:57 (UTC) (Link)
ooo frilly
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