Sea Slug Makes Chlorophyll

TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 11, 2010) Research in USF Professor Sidney Pierce’s lab demonstrates that some symbiotic relationships between algae and animals have resulted in the movement of functional genes, called gene transfer, between the two species. In this seminal discovery, Pierce and his team have demonstrated that the animal uses those genes to make chlorophyll and is able to photosynthesize. The transferred genes have been incorporated into the host organism’s DNA and are transmitted to the next generation. According to Pierce, this research has all kinds of implications apart from slug biology, including evolution.


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