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Gustafson et al. report in the 29 June Nature that a marine ciliate, Mesodinium rubrum, steals organelles from ingested algae (Nature 2000, 405:1049-1052). Although M. rubrum does not appear to ingest other food, or to maintain permanent symbionts, the ingested organelles help the ciliate to keep photosynthesizing and to maintain a high level of cell division.

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    Nature magazine, [http://www.nature.com/nature/]

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    Ultrastructure of the photosynthetic ciliate Mesodinium rubrum.

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Wells, W. Daylight robbery. Genome Biol 1, spotlight-20000706-02 (2000) doi:10.1186/gb-spotlight-20000706-02

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Keywords

  • Cell Division
  • Marine Ciliate
  • Mesodinium Rubrum