Photosynthesis and Chloroplasts
You will read that only plants, algae, and some bacteria are photosynthetic. There is an exception to this, however. One species of sea slug has found a way to steal chloroplasts, store them in glands lining its digestive tract, and live on the sugar that is produced (Milius, 2010). The sea slug has even commandeered the genes to help repair these chloroplasts to keep them working for 9 months—longer than the algae woul+d (Fang, 2015)!
What if animals and humans could be engineered to have chloroplasts and could then use photosynthesis?
Focus your discussion on ONE of the following topics:
Review the following links for materials to enhance your knowledge and assist with your discussion post:
Use at least 1 credible source to support the arguments presented in your post.
Fang, J. (2015). Sea slug steals photosynthesis genes from algae. Retrieved from http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/sea-slug-steals-photosynthesis-genes-its-algae-meal/
Farabee, M. J. (2007). Photosynthesis. Retrieved from https://www2.estrellamountain.edu/faculty/farabee/BIOBK/BioBookPS.html
Lemaster, J. (2016). Solar-powered humans? Retrieved from: https://livingwelldaily.com/solar-powered-humans/
Milius, S. (2010). Green sea slug is part animal, part plant. Wired. Retrieved from: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/01/green-sea-slug/
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