That stupid dinoflagellate stole my gene!

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That stupid dinoflagellate stole my gene!

#1  Postby natselrox » May 07, 2011 6:39 pm

This is a bit old but someone blogged about it and I found it so funny that I had to share! ... 112649.htm

Published February 8 in the journal Nature Communications, the research team's portrait of the microscopic dinoflagellate Oxyrrhis marina reveals a predator so efficient that it has even acquired a gene from its prey.
"It's an interesting case of Lateral Gene Transfer, or the movement of genes between distantly related species," says Patrick Keeling, a UBC botany professor and one of the study's authors.
"Our study shows that Oxyrrhis marina has picked up a gene commonly used by marine bacteria for photosynthesis. Oxyrrhis probably got this gene by eating the bacteria, but the really interesting part is that the gene produces a protein called rhodopsin, which is a photoreceptor that can make energy from light."

First they eat us, then they steal our genes! :rofl: ... s1188.html
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