October 29, 2007

Mad Scientist: Update on Chloroplasts

Posted in Mad Scientist at 10:54 pm by D. Borst

So it turns out that a natural experiment has developed that tests exactly what I questioned in my last mad scientist post– Sea Slugs ingest algae and are able to extract the chloroplasts from these cells and use them to fix their own carbon.  These sea slugs only extract the chloroplasts though, and they are able to use the products of the fixation reaction in their own bodies.  Cool!  Read about it in this article here. Free article from NCBI.



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