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[–] andrew 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Relevent user name much?

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[–] Slug [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

You should see my subverse. :P

/v/Invertebrates

I love slugs and snails!

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[–] squiremarcus 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

"Importantly, this is one of the only known examples of functional gene transfer from one multicellular species to another, which is the goal of gene therapy to correct genetically based diseases in humans."

Interesting that they specify "multi cellular"

because this has actually happened to humans and a virus

http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/05/10/the-lurker-how-a-virus-hid-in-our-genome-for-six-million-years/

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[–] Teh_Sauce_Guy 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Ah, but viruses are just DNA or RNA, which is only a component of a cell!

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[–] squiremarcus 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

like i said, they are not multi cellular and therefore the statement in the article is correct.

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[–] btcprox 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Title's not quite accurate. The sea slug's incorporated a few organelles from the plant cells, but not the chloroplast, the organelle containing the essential chlorophyll. Still, if the slug's already made it this far, incorporating the chloroplast too might not be that far-fetched...

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[–] Slug [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I noticed the title wasn't entirely spot-on, but I decided it was better to take it from the article and get it slightly wrong then edit it and end up with something completely incorrect.

However, I'm not entirely sure I understand what you mean. The article says

>It has been known since the 1970s that E. chloritica “steals” chloroplasts from V. litorea (called “kleptoplasty”) and embeds them into its own digestive cells.

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[–] SpecialSauce 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Here comes the plasmids.

http://bioshock.wikia.com/wiki/Sea_Slug

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[–] Saerain 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Huh. Spore is less inaccurate than I thought.

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[–] Teh_Sauce_Guy 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

And still just as fun! Although they messed it up, damn it EA!