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Sea slug steals genes for greens, makes chlorophyll like a plant

Comment: hmmm…I still doubt the entire thing because it seems 1. Gene flow is easily done by ingesting; 2. the entire photosynthetic machinery evolved in a span of millions of  years before the first cyanobacteria were able to perform photosynthesis;3. although, the basic ingredients of photosynthesis such as glutamate and porphyrins are present in animals, still there is a lot of explanation to be done regarding its biosynthetic pathway; 4. I think it’s  a highly specialized interaction at the biochemical/cellular level with photosynthesis still maintained by the algal species.  Nice to think about! Ask your students about their opinion!

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1. Coral Reefs are Evolutionary Cradles

see http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2010/107/1?etoc

2. Ancient Four-legged beasts Leave their Mark
see http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2010/106/2?etoc

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45th BIOTA Convention

Call for Papers (Convention brochure)

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Hello BioWorld!

Haven’t posted lately. But if you do have questions regarding BIOTA, academic life (i.e. especially to those who plans to study in Japan) , and other biological in nature, please feel free to contact me.

This is my current address:

Masuda Laboratory (Plant Metabolism Systems), The University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus I, Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan.

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