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"Endosymbiotic" Algae Live Within the Cells of Salamanders

By Valerie Ross | April 5, 2011 7:06 pm

What’s the News: Spotted salamander embryos, a recent study found, have green algae living inside their cells. While scientists have long known that the two species are symbiotic, each helping the other to survive, the new findings show that the arrangement is, in the researchers’ words, “more intimate than previously reported.” In fact, it’s the first such organism-within-cell partnership—known as endosymbiosis—ever observed in vertebrates.

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