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   xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Jan 12 12:05 AM

Jan 12, 2010: Escargot & Salad... In One

Well not escargot, strictly speaking, 'cause it's a Green Sea Slug.
And not salad, strictly speaking, unless you eat Algae salads.
But this critter is part animal and part plant, they've just discovered.



And pretty ugly, too.

Quote:
Shaped like a leaf itself, the slug Elysia chlorotica already has a reputation for kidnapping the photosynthesizing organelles and some genes from algae. Now it turns out that the slug has acquired enough stolen goods to make an entire plant chemical-making pathway work inside an animal body, says Sidney K. Pierce of the University of South Florida in Tampa.

The slugs can manufacture the most common form of chlorophyll, the green pigment in plants that captures energy from sunlight, Pierce reported January 7 at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. Pierce used a radioactive tracer to show that the slugs were making the pigment, called chlorophyll a, themselves and not simply relying on chlorophyll reserves stolen from the algae the slugs dine on.
Or to put it in more scientific terms...
Quote:
“This could be a fusion of a plant and an animal — that’s just cool,” said invertebrate zoologist John Zardus of The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.
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squirell nutkin  Tuesday Jan 12 01:26 AM

Mwwwuuuuahhh hahahahah!
Evil Genius: Slugs! HE created slugs! They can't hear. They can't speak. They can't operate machinery. Are we not in the hands of a lunatic?



SPUCK  Tuesday Jan 12 06:25 AM

Oh kay... Do I reach for pesticide or herbicide?



nil_orally  Tuesday Jan 12 06:32 AM

Nothing original here. I work for a large corporation that has plenty of walking vegetables, usually in management.



capnhowdy  Tuesday Jan 12 07:54 AM

Now that's a face only a mother could love.



Sheldonrs  Tuesday Jan 12 08:34 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
Oh kay... Do I reach for pesticide or herbicide?
Garlic butter.


Trilby  Tuesday Jan 12 08:42 AM

I fear the sea.



Shawnee123  Tuesday Jan 12 08:53 AM

Oh wow...I marvel at the sea. I've changed my mind: instead of moving to Canada or the Moon, I would like a sea dome. kthx!



Degrees  Tuesday Jan 12 09:24 AM

For the self medicating, a problem

It's a pot-head's nightmare.

"Dude. Your salad is looking at me."



spudcon  Tuesday Jan 12 10:08 AM

Animal veggies aren't new. I saw a walking tree in a movie years ago.



classicman  Tuesday Jan 12 11:12 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shawnee123 View Post
instead of moving to Canada or the Moon, I would like a sea dome. kthx!
What? I thought you were moving into the Unibombers cabin?


Shawnee123  Tuesday Jan 12 11:15 AM

The UnAbomber's cabin is as cold as Canada. So I had to think outside the rotting dilapidated condemned box.



monster  Tuesday Jan 12 04:37 PM

I think he's cute. I'll be his momma -gotta be less hassle than my current brood



Sheldonrs  Tuesday Jan 12 05:43 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by spudcon View Post
Animal veggies aren't new. I saw a walking tree in a movie years ago.
Now that's ENTertainment!


treehugger  Tuesday Jan 12 06:52 PM

I think its cool. plus salad tastes good



Elspode  Tuesday Jan 12 07:39 PM

"Hello, Monsanto? Yeah, look. The goddamn corn genes getting onto the neighbor's crop was bad enough, but now one of your freakin' chimera has escaped! This shit has go to stop!!"



jinx  Tuesday Jan 12 07:45 PM

It's funny 'cause it's true...



Gravdigr  Wednesday Jan 13 06:40 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Degrees View Post
It's a pot-head's nightmare.

"Dude. Your salad is looking at me."
Dude. Potheads don't eat salad.


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