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Surprising Sea Slug Is Half-plant, Half-animal

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posted on Jan, 13 2010 @ 05:53 PM
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Does anybody remember the BBC series "The Future is Wild"? I remember seeing something similar in there.

I'm not sure if the documentary predicted that evolution could come up with something like this photosynthesis slug, or they already knew about it (the series is from 2003). Did they just recently discovered this slug?




posted on Jan, 13 2010 @ 06:04 PM
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yeah i want my genetic structure experimented with so i dont have to eat no more! think about it this could be a cure for disease if you survived off of sunlight the only worry would be skin cancer eating greasey foods wouldnt clog up you arteries anymore or give u ecoli or flu's or mad cow disease! the only meat you would eat would be P***y



posted on Jan, 13 2010 @ 06:49 PM
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yet another proof of how life can adapt and survive, I have no doubt there is plenty of life in our universe, shame that during our brief lifetime we wont get a glimpse of it



posted on Jan, 13 2010 @ 07:27 PM
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I WANT CHLOROPHYLL!!!! LOL



posted on Jan, 13 2010 @ 07:30 PM
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Maybe aliens are geneticly engineering animals to teach us lessons.... or to demonstrate things they cannot put into a language we would understand......



posted on Jan, 13 2010 @ 07:37 PM
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right maybe its them ufos people report seeing underwater engineering things like that...of all the explorations why was it just recently discovered?



posted on Jan, 13 2010 @ 08:26 PM
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ah interesting,

is anyone aware of a species of jelly fish that uses the same ability? i know i saw it on discovery channel once, it was very similiar to this sea slug story



posted on Jan, 13 2010 @ 08:51 PM
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I'm trying to remember from my college micro-biology days - wasn't the very first life form a type of bacteria (animal) that utilized photosynthesis (plant)? I'm thinking cyanobacteria (probably spelled wrong). I might be way off - any biologists out there?



posted on Jan, 13 2010 @ 08:55 PM
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if thought this was possible since atleast i was 9



posted on Jan, 13 2010 @ 08:57 PM
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So they have to eat a certain amount of algae before they can photosynthesize, right? This makes me wonder what else they could ingest and later recieve nourishment directly from another source. Maybe the truly remarkable thing about these creatures is not the utilizing of chlorophyl, but their ability to copy other life-forms'. What else could they live off of?



posted on Jan, 13 2010 @ 08:57 PM
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cyanobacteria are single celled. this article said first non-single celled



posted on Jan, 13 2010 @ 08:58 PM
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i was always fascinated with this sort of thing ever since i wastched godzilla vs biollante where a scientist took godzilla cells found from godzilla 1984 the film previous and crossed it with plant cells that eventually became biollante i know this is way out there and off topic in a way but the movie certainly sparked my interest in half animal half plant science!



posted on Jan, 13 2010 @ 08:59 PM
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rocks, deep sea worms, ghost crabs... i'm just making stuff up now...



posted on Jan, 13 2010 @ 09:01 PM
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i kinda wanted to test it on myself, but as a finance major and a lover of live, injecting chlorophyll directly into my on cells would end in expiration



posted on Jan, 13 2010 @ 09:02 PM
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good humor!



posted on Jan, 13 2010 @ 09:06 PM
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deep sea worms and ghost crabs are actual animals... i doubt it would live by eating rocks though



posted on Jan, 13 2010 @ 09:11 PM
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yeah i know i was talking about the post about applying the science to yourself nah what we need to do is take some of them slugs and figure what would be the best subject to test dna recoding with maybe a frog or some amphibian would be the best in my mind as its genetic make up would most liekly more accepting of the study and see if we can alter something else maybe not to this exctreme but enough to make some noise in the scientific world!



posted on Jan, 13 2010 @ 09:16 PM
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this could fix world hunger and the obese problem if humans could acquire this genetic code for human use!

[edit on 13-1-2010 by metalholic]



posted on Jan, 13 2010 @ 09:20 PM
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Am I the only one who thinks this may be a product mans interactions with the environment like GM foods containing agrobacterium? This does cause gene transfers cross species, cross kingdom, & cross super kingdom. Something tells me we'll be finding many more wild discoveries in the not so distant future.



posted on Jan, 13 2010 @ 09:23 PM
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Chlorophyll? More like borophyll!



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