Making the most of a meal

Sea slug swipes recipe for food-producing chemical from algae it eats

By Stephen Ornes, 00:00 AM January 28, 2010

The sea slug <em>Elysia chlorotica</em> feeds by sucking the insides out of strands of algae. The slug has taken in the algae’s key tools for using sunlight to help produce food. Researchers now say the slug also can produce — and not just steal

The sea slug Elysia chlorotica feeds by sucking the insides out of strands of algae. The slug has taken in the algae’s key tools for using sunlight to help produce food. Researchers now say the slug also can produce — and not just steal

Nicholas E. Curtis and Ray Martinez

For decades, people have been telling each other, “You are what you eat” — meaning that the nutrition in a person’s diet affects his or her health. It doesn’t mean, for example, that if you eat a plant, you become a plan...

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