Natural "gene therapy" occurs in nature - The Emerald Green Sea Slug, uses genes from the algae on which it feeds.

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  • cantleave

    The authors of a paper presented in The Biological Bulletin have provided the first direct evidence that the emerald green sea slug, an unusual little beast in that it helps sustain itself by photosynthesis, has  within its chromosomes genes that come from the algae it eats.

    This is an example of gene transfer from one species to another. In effect this is exactly what the the goal of gene therapy is. It is anticipated that gene therapy techniques will prevent many genetically based diseases in humans. 

    In the UK a type of gene of therapy was given approval in the House of Commons yesterday (three parent IVF). Some religious leaders opposed this important decision. Isn't it ironic that their protestations are rebutted by nature itself. Anyway enjoy the article.

    Sea slug has taken genes from algae it eats, allowing it to photosynthesize like a plant

  • Village Idiot
    Village Idiot
    I wonder if photosynthesis would work in humans.
  • cantleave

    It would go some way to solving the issue of hunger! And we could then say that "little green men exist".....

  • John_Mann

    I think photosynthesis can work in humans but you must to be green. 

    Gene therapy is already a reality. Theres a medicine called Glybera. Bad news it still the most expensive medicine in the world and it just treat pancreatitis.

    And this is a good example of rapid evolution. 

  • Vidiot

    John Mann - "I think photosynthesis can work in humans but you must to be green."

    Which I've heard isn't easy.

  • cantleave

    I wouldn't mind being green...............

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